|Elevation||107 m (351 ft)|
|Time zone||Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)|
|The Four Main Sites|
|Four Additional Sites|
Kapilavastu (Nepali: कपिलवस्तु, Pāli: Kapilavatthu), formerly Taulihawa, is a municipality and administrative center of Kapilvastu District in the Lumbini Zone of southern Nepal. It is located roughly 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the northwest of Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is widely believed to be the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
The municipality lies at an altitude of 107 metres (351 ft) above sea level on Nepal's southern border across from Khunwa, Uttar Pradesh state, India. There is a customs checkpoint for goods while movement of Indian and Nepalese nationals across the border is unrestricted.
In ancient times Kapilavastu was the capital city of the Shakya kingdom. King Śuddhodana and Queen Māyādevī are believed to have lived at Kapilavastu, as did their son Prince Siddartha Gautama until he left the palace at the age of 29.
Kapilavastu had a population of 27,170 at the time of the 2001 Nepal census.
Buddhist sources present Kapila as a well-known Vedic sage whose students built the city of Kapilavastu Buddhist texts such as the Pāli Canon claim that Kapilavastu was the childhood home of Gautama Buddha, on account of it being the capital of the Shakyas, over whom his father ruled.
The 19th-century search for the historical site of Kapilavastu followed the accounts left by Faxian and later by Xuanzang, who were Chinese Buddhist monks who made early pilgrimages to the site. Some archaeologists have identified the Tilaurakot archeological site as the location for the historical site of Kapilavastu, while others claim it was at Piprahwa in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
There are many sites of historical interest in or very close to Kapilavastu, including:
- Arourakot Darbar
- Bargadawa Stupa
- Derwa Stupa
- Gotihawa, birthplace of Kakusandha Buddha, marked by an Ashoka pillar
- Jagdishpur Reservoir
- Kanthak Stupa
- Kapilvastu Museum
- Kopawa Stupa
- Kudan (ruins of a Buddhist monastery where Buddha stayed when visiting Kapilavastu)
- Lohasariya Stupa
- Lumbini, birthplace of Gautama Buddha
- Nigalikot, birthplace of Koṇāgamana Buddha, marked by an Ashoka pillar
- Paltimai Temple
- Pipara Stupa
- Premnagar Stupa
- Rampur Siddhipur Stupa
- Sagarahawa Reservoir
- Sarkup Pokhari
- Semara Shiv Mandir
- Sihokhor Stupa
- Siseniya Stupa
- Tauleshwor Nath Mandir (Shree Tauleshwor Nath Mandir) is a devotional temple for Hindus. Many Hindus come here to worship Lord Shiva during the Maha Shivaratri festival.
- Twin Stupa
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