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Kapilavastu (Pāli: Kapilavatthu) is one of the district of Lumbini, Nepal and a name of a place in the ancient Shakya kingdom where Gautama Buddha grew up, and which contained his family home and garden. It is assumed to be some 10 kilometers to the west of his known birthplace Lumbini. The latter reference point is marked by an Ashoka Pillar and was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.[1]

Nigrodharama Monastery (where Buddha used to stay), close to Kapilavastu

The nineteenth-century search for the historical site of Kapilavastu followed the accounts left by Xuanzang and Faxian. Although no conclusive evidence has been found but Archaeologists from Nepal have identified the Tilaurakot archeological site[2] in Nepal as a possible location for Kapilavastu . It is widely accepted that the Lord Buddha spent the first 29 years of his life in the vicinity of Kapilavastu in Nepal. Buddhist sources present Kapila as a well-known philosopher whose students built the city of Kapilavastu[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha". UNESCO. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Located at 27°34′36″N 83°03′17″E / 27.57667°N 83.05472°E / 27.57667; 83.05472
  3. ^ "Kapilavastu". Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Chris Hellier (March 2001). "Competing Claims on Buddha's Hometown". Archaeology. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 

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  1. Cula-dukkhakkhandha Sutta - The Lesser Mass of Stress
  2. Sakka Sutta - To the Sakyans (on the Uposatha)''