Tilaurakot

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Tilaurakot
तिलौराकोट
Village development committee
Tilaurakot is located in Nepal
Tilaurakot
Tilaurakot
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°35′N 83°05′E / 27.58°N 83.08°E / 27.58; 83.08Coordinates: 27°35′N 83°05′E / 27.58°N 83.08°E / 27.58; 83.08
Country    Nepal
Zone Lumbini Zone
District Kapilvastu District
Population (1991)
 • Total 5,684
Time zone Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)

Tilaurakot is a village development committee in Kapilvastu District in the Lumbini Zone of southern Nepal.It is the place where Lord Buddha spend 29 years of his life time. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 5684 people living in 944 individual households.[1] It might have been the cardinal point of the ancient Shakyan city of Kapilavastu. It is situated west of Lumbini Grove, traditionally held to be the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.

History[edit]

The east gate at the Tilaurakot archaeological site.

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.[2][3][4][5] Some archaeologists have identified the Tilaurakot archeological site as the location for the historical site of Kapilavastu,[6] while others claim it was at Piprahwa in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nepal Census 2001". Nepal's Village Development Committees. Digital Himalaya. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  2. ^ Beal, Samuel (1884). Si-Yu-Ki: Buddhist Records of the Western World, by Hiuen Tsiang. 2 vols. Translated by Samuel Beal. London. 1884. Reprint: Delhi. Oriental Books Reprint Corporation. 1969. Volume 1
  3. ^ Beal, Samuel, trans. (1911). The Life of Hiuen-Tsiang. Translated from the Chinese of Shaman (monk) Hwui Li. London. Reprint Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi. 1973.
  4. ^ Li, Rongxi (translator) (1995). The Great Tang Dynasty Record of the Western Regions. Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research. Berkeley, California. ISBN 1-886439-02-8
  5. ^ Watters, Thomas (1904). On Yuan Chwang's Travels in India, 629-645 A.D. Volume1. Royal Asiatic Society, London. 
  6. ^ Tuladhar, Swoyambhu D. (November 2002), "The Ancient City of Kapilvastu - Revisited" (PDF), Ancient Nepal (151): 1–7 
  7. ^ Srivastava, KM (1980). "Archaeological Excavations at Piprāhwā and Ganwaria and the Identification of Kapilavastu". The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 13 (1): 103–10. 
  8. ^ "UP’s Piprahwa is Buddha’s Kapilvastu?".