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Today's Piprahwa 22 km from Siddharthnagar is identified with ancient Kapilvastu where Lord Buddha spent the early years of his life. The place, which is in Nepal, is of historical importance for being a part of the kingdom of the ancient Shakya dynasty, where Gautama Buddha was born to the Shakya King Suddhodana.Kapilvastu was the capital of the Shakya clan whose ruler was the father of Lord Buddha, and therefore Lord Buddha is also called as Shakyamuni. The Sakya domain was one of the sixteen independent principalities of the 6th century BC.

Prince Gautam, as the Buddha was then known, left his palace in Kapilvastu at the age of 29, and revisited in 12 years later, after attaining enlightenment.

Today, Kapilvastu Comprises of Several villages, mainly piprahwa and Ganvaria. A large Stupa stands at the ancient site which is said to have housed the bone relics of Lord Buddha. The presence of these relics is testified by an ancient Brahmi inscription found at Piprahwa. The ruins of the royal palace are spread over a large area.


Stupa Complex:

This is the main archaeological site which was discovered during excavations in 1973-74. The seals and inscriptions over the lid of the pot discovered read "Om Deoputra Vihare Kapilvastu Bhikschu Mahasanghasa" and "Om Deoputra Vihare Kapilvastu Bhikschu Sanghasa". The title Deoputra refers to Kanishka, a great patron of Buddhism who built the biggest Vihara at Kapilvastu and renovated the main stupa here.

Palace Site:

Excavations carried out by Dr. K.M. Srivastava indicated the ruins of the palace of King Shuddhodhan, the father of Prince Gautam (Lord Buddha). It is said to be the place where Lord Buddha spent the first 29 years of his life.


86 km., situated across the border in Nepal, Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Buses ply till the border from where the remaining 26 km has to be covered by privat...


Gorakhpur Airport-109 Km. Sravasti airstrip-146 Km. Kasia aristrip-160 Km. Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow-310 Km. and Babatpur Airport, Varanasi-330 Km.


Nearest Railway Station is Naugarh 22 km.


Kapilavastu is well connected by road with rest of the state.Some of the major road distances are : Berdpur-8 Km., Sonauli-48 Km., Lumbini (Nepal)-86 Km., Gorakhpur-104 Km., Sravasti-147 Km., Kushinagar-157 Km., Lucknow-308 Km., Varanasi-327 Km.

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