Kapilavastu, the capital city of Sakya clan, is now known as Piprahwa. It is 110 km from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Prince Siddhartha spent his childhood at this place. At Kapilavastu, he witnessed sorrow of a beggar, sadness of an old man, pain of a sick and a dead body. After all these events, he finally decided to renounce all the worldly pleasure and search for the truth and salvation.
On Kapilavastu Tours, there are quite a few interesting things to see. The 5th century AD Chinese pilgrim Fa-Hien described Kapilavastu as a "great scene of empty desolation". A few monks, a few families and animals such as lions and white elephants habited it.
Between 1971 and 1977, Archaeological Survey of India carried out an excavation at Kapilavastu. Of the stupas and inscription of Kushana period excavated from the site, one stupa was referred to as the Eastern Stupa by the archaeologists. The inscription on it read "The Devaputra Vihara of the Kapilavastu Bhikshu Sangha"
On Kapilavastu Tour, you will find the two excavated mounds at a distance of 1.5 km from the excavated site are. The larger of the two is a thick walled structure. The locals believe that it was a Suddhodana's Palace. A small Sri Lankan Monastery and Temple and Mahinda Mahavihara are also nearby these ruins.
How to Reach
Kapilavastu can be reached via Gorakhpur, which is 110 km away. The nearest airport is at Varansai at a distance of 312 km and the nearest railway station is at Siddharthanagar Railway Station 20 km away. Kapilavastu is connected by road network to all major cities of Uttar Pradesh by road.
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