Kapilavastu is the name of a region of ancient Shakya
Shakya was an ancient janapada of India in the 1st millennium BCE. In Buddhist texts the Shakyas, the inhabitants of Shakya janapada, are mentioned as a clan of Gotama gotra....

 kingdom that is considered a holy pilgrimage place for Buddhists. The search for the Buddha's birthplace following the accounts left by Xuanzang
Xuanzang was a famous Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator who described the interaction between China and India in the early Tang period...

 and Faxian
Faxian was a Chinese Buddhist monk who traveled to India, Sri Lanka and Kapilavastu in today's Nepal between 399 and 412 to acquire Buddhist scriptures...

 involved various searches in the late 19th century. Archaeologists have identified both Piprahwa
Piprahwa is a village in the Basti district of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It lies in the historical Kapilavastu region associated with Gautama Buddha. There is a stupa and some old walls and wells. From this village Lumbini, Nepal, is just 16 km and the border of Nepal is just...

, an archaeological site in India
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 (15 km south of Lumbini) and Tilaurakot
Tilaurakot was the cardinal point of the ancient Shakyan city of Kapilavastu. It is situated west to Lumbini Grove, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. It is a village development committee in Kapilvastu District in the Lumbini Zone of southern Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a...

, an archeological site in Nepal
Nepal , officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India...

 as the possible locations for Kapilavastu.


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 has declared Lumbini as a World Heritage Site, which is in Nepal. It is widely accepted that the Lord Buddha spent the first 29 years of his life in nearby Kapilavastu.

See also

  • Lumbini
    Lumbinī is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition. The Buddha lived between roughly 563 and 483 BCE...

    , the site of birthplace of Gautama Buddha and Buddhism
  • Nigrodharama
    Nigrodhārāma was a Banyan grove near Kapilavastu, where a residence was provided for the Buddha when he visited the city in the first year after his Enlightenment. It belonged to a Sākyan named Nigrodha, who gave it to the Monastic Order. The Nigrodharama is located at the site of the modern Kudan...

    , a Buddhist Monastery close to Kapilavastu, where Buddha used to live when visiting Kapilavastu. - maps.google The main evidence that Buddha was born in Lumbini,Nepal is the Ashoka Pillar which is still at Lumbini. Every year number of tourist visit the birth place of Gautam Buddha i.e. Kapilvastu District, Nepal.
  • Kapilvastu District
    Kapilvastu District
    Kapilvastu district of 481,976.-Geography:The district situated at the height of 93 to 1491 meters from sea level. Geographically, the district can be divided into plain low lands of terai and low Chure hills.Kapilvastu is bounded by-...

    - maps.google

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