Butwal, Oct. 21 -- Efforts are ongoing to preserve Buddha-era monuments and ruins found in Sainamaina of Rupandehi district.

In an initiation of Sainamaina Municipality, authorities have started preserving several archaeologically important objects and places belonging related to Gautam Buddha.

The local unit has set up a temporary museum at Sirantol and kept some historic statues, bricks, utensils, tools and ruins of houses believed to have been built during the time Buddha was alive. Likewise, 11 ancient wells-including Badakuwa and Ranikuwa-have been preserved in various places in Sainamaina.

Sainamaina lies a few kilometres north from Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. New human settlements started in the area circa 1965 with ...