Buddha Relic Stupa
Historical | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 3 km from Basarh Bus Station, Buddha's Relic Stupa is a sacred spot located at Chak Ramdas in the Vaishali district of Bihar. Situated near Vaishali Museum, it is one of the prominent historical structures in Bihar, and among the best places to visit in Vaishali.
There are two stupas, Stupa 1 and Stupa 2 which are named based on their discovery and excavation. Both of them have the ashes of Lord Buddha preserved in stone caskets. Situated near the Coronation Tank or Abhishek Pushkarini, the Stupa 1 or the Relic Stupa was excavated by Dr. A.S.Altekar in 1985, and inside, a stone casket was found containing some ashes and 'Manka'. That casket is now with the Patna Museum.
According to the legend, after the salvation of Lord Buddha, his ashes were divided and distributed among 8 kings of those times, and Licchavis of Vaishali were one of them. The Licchavis built a stupa at this place over their share of the Buddha's relic. Now only the base of the stupa is left, however, the government has done a good job of erecting a shed over it to keep it from further damage and lay a beautiful lawn around it.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM