Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Buddha between two nations

"Kapilvastu Forum" has received comments from "The Himalayan voice" in our last blog posted on April 5th on their claim.They first, rather again and again raise the issue about Buddha's birthplace whether in India or in Nepal.In their response they insist "talking on the Buddha today". This is something beyond sense. Buddha is a historical personality born in the 6th cent. BC. in republic of Kapilvastu which was directly under subordination of the then Mahajapada of Koshal.Kapilvastu was one of the eight republics existed in the sixteen Mahajanpada's period.The whole present day Nepali Terai was under the control of either Koshal or Magadha Mahajanpadas. So Buddha was born in the territory of Koshal.What the "Buddha today" means? This is meaningless. When we are talking about the Buddha, means talking about the historical Buddha.And in the historical context Buddha was born at "Lumini game" in the Kapilvastu republic.The Himalyan voice has objection on "Indian Kingdom" term but they are happy enough to use the term present day Nepal !. The historical event is termed in a present days boundary. This is what a subjective historiography.Your term Nepal is right but our term Kapilvastu is wrong. Correct yourself. Our advise to you and your team to please study the "Philosophy of history and historiography" before commenting and explaining the historical facts.
Now some comments on epigraphy of Kapilvastu. The fact stated in the relic casket inscription of Piprahawa ( Sukiti bhatinam sabhaginikam saputdalnam iyam salilnidhane bhagawate bhudhas sakiyanam ) can not be compared with any incomplete and unclear evidence as quoted found from Tilaurakot that is " “Sa - ka - na – sya”. here it is not clear that this firmly written for "Sakya's" whereas it may be written as "Sankarsnasya"-means 'of the Sankarshana'. Because the contents of this seal is not clear so nothing firmly can be stated about this.If you compare the seals and sealing revealed in large amount from the excavations of Piprahawa with above seal from Tilaurakot, the position of Piprahawa becomes much strong and convincing to be the ancient site of Kapilvastu.
Nationalism is not bad thing, but it is a matter of pride, for both Indian and Nepalese. we love Nepal very much as our culture, language and even ethnic characters are somewhat similar. But some narrow minded people are more active in Nepal who always try to create baseless and false issues. God knows their aim behind it but certainly not to enhance the feelings of harmony for Indians among the Nepali public. That is why some ancient institutions have been recently attacked which working as cultural bridge between India and Nepal.The recent media report on Aligadhawa is just a little example of such mentality. This is the duty of us to make failure such attempts.

Kapilvastu Forum


  1. For Kapilvastu Day Movement please visit

    Ram Kumar Shrestha

  2. Forget about Nepal and India:

    Try looking in Gandhara, at the perfect anagram: Pushkalavati (

    For more information see:

    David Senouf