Borobudur (map) is a Buddhist stupa and temple complex in Central Java, Indonesia dating from the 8th century, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of world’s truly great ancient monuments, the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth, and few who visit fail to be taken by both the scale of place, and the remarkable attention to detail that went into the construction.
Devotees may bring simple offerings of flowers, candles and joss-sticks to lay at the feet of their teacher. These symbolic offerings are to remind followers that just as the beautiful flowers would wither away after a short while, and the candles and joss-sticks would soon burn out, so too is life subject to decay and destruction.
The exact date of Vesak is based on Asian lunisolar calendars and is primarily celebrated in Vaisakha, a month of both the Buddhist and Hindu calendars, hence the name Vesak.
Vesak, commonly known in Nepal as “Buddha Jayanti” is widely celebrated all across the country, predominantly, *Lumbini (map) – the birthplace of Buddha, and Swayambhu (map) – the holy temple for Buddhists, also known as “the Monkey Temple”. The main door of Swayambhu is opened only on this very day, therefore, people from all over Kathmandu valley are stimulated by the event.