About 400 mts. to the south west of Nirvana Temple on Buddha Marg (Road), Kushinagar in the District of the same name, U.P., India
Sunrise to Sunset, opens on all days
Religious & Historical
Oct.- April, Auspicious occasion Buddha Festival on Buddha Purnima (April-May)How to reach
Hire a cycle rickshaw/ hired taxi/on foot from the bus stand
A colossal but mutilated Statue of Buddha seated under the Bodhi tree (3.05 mts. in height) carved out of one block of blue stone of Gaya Region, in Bhumi Sparsh Mudra, a posture showing him touching the earth is installed in the temple. It is locally known as Mathakuar. The figure symbolizes the supreme moment in Buddha’s life, just before he became the enlightened one. It is believed that Buddha gave his last sermon here. The statue was found during the excavation by A.C.L Carlleyle in 1876. The statue was found broken with two pieces and was restored later. The present temple was built in 1927, by donations from the devotees. The inscriptions at the base of this statue date it to 10th-11th century. There are remains of a vihar which have also been excavated in the adjacent area of the shrine. It is likely that Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang during his prolonged ten year stay in India (leaving China in 648 AD) may have visited this place and seen the remains of monasteries and stupas, one of which might have been the Mathakuar.