Kapilavastu monastery [Nepal hypothesis], (in) Tilaurakot, Bagmati Zone, NP

Raw data

A very old Buddhist site. Xuanzang found it nearly deserted. There were many monastery buildings but only 30 remaining monks. Kapilavastu is a site in current-day Nepal [or, is it situated in Uttar Pradesh ? - tmciolek, 3 Mar 2009]
Src: IN
Input by: SG Jan 22 2009
"The location of ancient Kapilavastu is still not accepted by some scholars in India although recognized by UNESCO to be in Nepal. Generally, Indian guidebooks and historians consider Piprahwa [110 km north of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh] to be the real Kapilavastu, while other guidebooks and historians consider Tilaurakot to be the real Kapilavastu."
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 3 2009

Kapilavastu (Tilaurakot)
Coordinates: 27.576455°N 83.054978°E

Taulihawa, Nepal Page
Other names: Piprahwa,Taulia,Taulihawā,Kapilvastu
World:Nepal:Bagmati Zone
Latitude 27.5333 Longitude 83.0500

Tilaurakot, Nepal Page
Other names: Tilaurākot
World:Nepal:Bagmati Zone
Latitude 27.5833 Longitude 83.0667

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 3 2009

"Nigrodhārāma was a Banyan grove near Kapilavastu, where a residence was provided for the Buddha when he visited the city in the first year after his Enlightenment.[1] It belonged to a Sākyan named Nigrodha, who gave it to the Monastic Order. The Nigrodharama is located at the site of the modern Kudan village, about six kilometres south of Tilaurakot, the citadel of Kapilavastu. The precise location of Nigrodharama is at the following coordinates: 27.528186°N 83.040757°E"
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigrodharama

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 06 Jun 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kapilavastu monastery, NP.

General location of the Kapilavastu monastery, NP.
Lat 27.5833 Long 83.0667
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

Google Map link:


Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kapilavastu monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Nepal:Bagmati Zone

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • [Theravada?]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • Active at the time of Buddha's life - SG Jan 22 2009
  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 6 Jun 2013
  • <=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • In the 630s, during Xuanzang's visit, the monastery was in steep decline - SG Jan 22 2009
  • MBM chrono-tag 0633-66c - tmciolek 6 Jun 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • Some 30 monks at the time of Xuanzang's visit

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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