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Village development committee
Nigalihawa is located in Nepal
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°37′N 83°07′E / 27.62°N 83.11°E / 27.62; 83.11Coordinates: 27°37′N 83°07′E / 27.62°N 83.11°E / 27.62; 83.11
Country    Nepal
Zone Lumbini Zone
District Kapilvastu District
Population (1991)
 • Total 7,564
Time zone Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)

Nigalihawa 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 population of 7564 people living in 1231 individual households.[1]


Modern day Nigalihawa was known as Sobhavati in ancient times. According to Theravāda Buddhist tradition, Koṇāgamana Buddha was born in Sobhavati.[2] Koṇāgamana Buddha is one of the ancient Buddhas whose biography is chronicled in chapter 23[2] of the Buddhavamsa, one of the books of the Pāli Canon.


  1. ^ "Nepal Census 2001". Nepal's Village Development Committees. Digital Himalaya. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Vicittasarabivamsa, U (1992). "Chapter 23: Koṇāgamana 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. 280–5.