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Many things changed with time. It is believed that king Virudhaka massacred Shakyas and destroyed their kingdom (Kapilavastu) out of vengeance. However Buddhism was wiped out from its place of origin.
Rediscovering of Lumbini started only in the second half of 20th century. Meticulous excavations and researches discovered the marker stone, devotional stupas and puskarini pond near the Ashokan piller based on the travel diary of HUYEN SANG, the Chinese pilgrim from 7th century.
At present, Lumbini has been developed in the area of 12 sq km under the master plan of 'Lumbini Development Trust'. It comprises three sections, the sacred garden, monastic zone and tourism village. The sacred garden has Mayadevi temple housing the exact birth place of Buddha. Monastic zone spread astride the 1 km long canon, is allocated for Buddhist communities from around the world to construct monasteries. The tourism village is where there are hotels, restaurants and other infrastructures necessary for visitors. Many of them are still under construction though.
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