|The caves of Orissa (Odisha), India - Udayagiri and Khandagiri (Aisamit/flickr.com)|
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It is customary nowadays to say that Siddhartha was born in Nepal bordering India, near Gorakhpur. However, historian Dr. Ranajit Pal (ranajitpal.com), as well as reading a wide variety of Buddhist texts, makes it clear that Afghanistan (Gandhara, Mes Aynak, Bamiyan, Kabul) is a much more likely candidate for the real Kapilavastu.
We are convinced. But like no other issue, questioning Nepal inflames proud Nepalis, who remain anonymous and full of animosity. We are accused of being too "pro-India" -- with no mention made of the fact that Wisdom Quarterly is actually pro-truth (whatever that may be). And we are very pro-ancient Afghanistan.
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- India is the Buddha’s Land: birthplace Orissa
- VIDEO: Talking the Buddha birthplace: Misinforming people to glorify a nation [like Nepal or India] is wrong The birthplace controversy was brought out of Orissa in 1928. Prof. Kailash Chandra Dash, who himself comes from Orissa, says those were forged (his)stories to glorify Orissan as well as Indian peoples. And he added that the Indian scholars and historians should have interpreted historical information or data more scientifically [just as Dr. Ranajit Pal discredits the Nepal theory] rather than out of any "nationalistic zeal."
- Where on Earth is Orissa? East coast of India
The Real Birth Place of Buddha: Yesterday's Kapilavastu, Today's Kapileswar[?]
|Old Orissa is now Odisha, India|
Till recently, as can be seen from maps of 1817 AD there was a Lembai Pragana; and Kapileswara was a part of it. Besides, the inscription of Kapileswara village corroborates the statement of [the] Tripitaka and the Kalinga war of Asoka. The mention of the era of [the] Buddha and the name of the scribe in the said inscription help us to take this as genuine.
In no Buddhist literature there is any description relating to history or geography of the so-called Kapilavastu or Lumbini of Nepal. Only because the Tarai inscription was discovered there, the place attained celebrity status throughout the world.