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Village development committee
Gotihawa is located in Nepal
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°31′N 83°02′E / 27.51°N 83.03°E / 27.51; 83.03Coordinates: 27°31′N 83°02′E / 27.51°N 83.03°E / 27.51; 83.03
Country    Nepal
Zone Lumbini Zone
District Kapilvastu District
Elevation 103 m (338 ft)
Population (1991)
 • Total 3,335
Time zone Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)

Gotihawa is a village development committee located about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southeast of Kapilavastu, in Kapilvastu District, in the Lumbini Zone of southern Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 3335 people living in 567 individual households.[1]


Modern day Gotihawa was known as Khemavati in ancient times. According to Theravāda Buddhist tradition, Kakusandha Buddha was born in Khemavati.[2] Kakusandha Buddha is one of the ancient Buddhas whose biography is chronicled in chapter 22[2] of the Buddhavamsa, one of the books of the Pāli Canon.


  1. ^ "Nepal Census 2001". Nepal's Village Development Committees. Digital Himalaya. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Vicittasarabivamsa, U (1992). "Chapter 22: Kakusandha Buddhavamsa". In Ko Lay, U; Tin Lwin, U. The great chronicle of Buddhas, Volume One, Part Two (1st ed.). Yangon, Myanmar: Ti=Ni Publishing Center. pp. 274–80. 

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