The site of ancient Kapilavastu

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The site of ancient Kapilavastu

Postby thomaslaw » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:13 am

Hi Dhamma friends,

Recently I visited the site of Kapilavastu in Tilaurakot (Nepal). In the site there are many elephant images next to the very old Hindu shrine. The Hindu shrine worships three small standing stones. The elephant images are not Ganesha deity; they are just elephants as such, big and small. I presume they must be relevant to the Kapilavastu site and to the Hindu shrine. But, why are so many elephant images being worshiped there? Also, what do the three stones in the Hindu shrine symbolise?

Any advice?

Sincerely,

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Re: The site of ancient Kapilavastu

Postby Coyote » Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:17 am

Three stones could be the trimurti. I don't know a lot about Hinduism but I am sure there are others around here who could help.

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Re: The site of ancient Kapilavastu

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:05 pm

There is somewhat of a controversy over the exact location of Kapilavatthu. The Nepali say it is in Nepal and the Indians say it is in India.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2005/10/19/fea14.htm
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Re: The site of ancient Kapilavastu

Postby SamKR » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:07 am

And UNESCO says Lumbini, Nepal is the birthplace of the Buddha.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/666
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Re: The site of ancient Kapilavastu

Postby SamKR » Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:31 am

By the way the subject of was: "Lord Buddha was born in Nepal"
(I don't personally give importance to inside which politically fabricated modern boundaries do Kapilavastu and Lumbini lie. Whatever is found true by research, agreed upon by most of the scholars, is most probably true.)
As pilgrim noted above both India and Nepal could be sites of Kapilavastu.

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Re: The site of ancient Kapilavastu

Postby thomaslaw » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:29 am

Dear All,

Thanks for your replies.

About the Hindu temple in the site of Kapilavastu (Kapilavatthu) in Tilaurakot (Nepal), as suggested, the three stones may represent the trimurti, and the elephants worship may be closely linked to the mount of Indra (Sakka /Sakra in Buddhism). I guess the Hindu temple in the site should have a locally known name?

As mentioned, two historical sites of Kapilavastu: One is in Nepal’s Tilaurakot, the other is in India’s Piprahwa. The issue is which site is the actual home town of the Buddha, according the most recent studies? If both India and Nepal could be the places of Kapilavastu, it will be better that both sides acknowledge openly they are all belonging to the actual home town of the Buddha. It is certainly good for the tourist development.

Regards,

Thomas

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Re: The site of ancient Kapilavastu

Postby thomaslaw » Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:01 am

Dear All,

Previously the two historical sites of Kapilavastu (one is in Nepal’s Tilaurakot, the other is in India’s Piprahwa) were mentioned. The issue is which site is the actual home town of the Buddha according the most recent studies. Now, based on the most recent published book 2014, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (edited by Buswell and Lopez), p. 418, it states that the city was in the foothills of modern-day Nepal. The dictionary clearly supports the Nepal's Tilaurakot site is the actual home town of the Buddha, though without giving any references.

Regards,

Thomas


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