Kapilavastu (“Place of Kapila”) is the name of the city where Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha, l. c. 563-483 BCE) grew up and lived for the first 29 years of his life before leaving to pursue the spiritual path which led to his enlightenment. The city is thought to have been named in honor of the sage Kapila.

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  • c. 700 BCE
    The state of Kosala becomes a great power and exerts political influence over its neighbours, including the Shakya state.
  • c. 563 BCE - c. 483 BCE
    The life of Siddhartha Gautama according to modern scholarly consensus.
  • 399 CE
    A Buddhist Chinese pilgrim named Faxian (Fa-Hien) visited Kapilavastu and Lumbini. as recorded in his work "A Record of the Buddhistic kingdoms".
  • c. 627 CE
    A Buddhist Chinese pilgrim named Xuanzang (Hsüan-tsang) visited Kapilavastu as recorded in his work "Buddhist Records of the Western World".