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Kapilvastu

About The City

     Identified today with ancient Kapilvastu, modem Piprahwa lies at a distance of 20 km from Siddharthnagar. Kapilvastu was the ancient capital of the Sakya clan whose ruler was the father of the Buddha, for which reason the Buddha is also referred to as the Sakyamuni. 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 it 12 years later, long after he had attained enlightenment.

     
Today, Kapilvastu Comprises of Several villages, chief among them being Piprahwa and Ganvaria. A large stupa stands at the ancient site which is said to have housed the bone relics of the Buddha. The presence of these relics are testified by an ancient Brahmi inscription discovered at Piprahwa. The ruins of the palace are spread over a large area.

Area : 06 sq. km.

Population : 3000 (1991 census)

Altitude :100 mtrs above sea level

Season : October-April

Clothing : Summer - Cottons; Winter - Woolens

Language : Hindi, English

Local Transport :Tempo/Tonga/Rickshaw

STD Code : 05544

Accessibility

Rail

      Siddharth Nagar (Naugarh) railway station : 20 km from Kapilvastu.

Road

      Some of the major road distances from Kapilvastu are : Gorakhpur-97 km, Kushinagar-148 km, Varanasi-312 km, Lumbini-86 km, Sravasti-147 km, Lucknow-308 km

Place Of Interest

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.

Accommodation

Sri Lankan Temple Dharamshala

UP Tourism Accommodation

Rahi Motel, (UPSTDC).

Royal Retreat (heritage hotel) Mohana, 14 km from Kapilvastu.
Resturant

     Apart from the Restaurant at UPSTDC Motel, only local eateries are available.

Bank

State Bank of India, at Berdpur, 9 km. from Kapilvastu.

Post & Telegraph

Berdpur, 8.5 km. from Kapilvastu

Hospital

Primary Health Centre at Berdpur 8.5 km from Kapilvastu

Tourist Info

Tourist Office, Siddharth Nagar, 20 km from Kapilvastu

Excursions

Lumbini

     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 private vehicle.

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View Of Main Stupa


Monks


Urns Excavated At Piprahw


Main Stupa


View Of Main Stupa


Monks


Urns Excavated At Piprahw


Main Stupa
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