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Buddha's Relics from Kapilavastu
By: K. M. Srivastava

Buddha's Relics from Kapilavastu, K. M. Srivastava


 
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Author: K. M. Srivastava
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9788173201820
Publication Date: 2018

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Buddha's corporeal relics are an object of great adoration and worship for Buddhists all around the world. According to Mahaparinibbanasutta Buddha directed his chief disciple Ananda to construct stupa, over his relics after cremation, at the crossing of four highways in the same fashion as the stupa of a universal king. Of the eight places where a stupa was erected over his corporeal relics soon after the Mahaparinirvana of the Lord, one was at Kapilavastu where Gautama had spent the first twenty-nine years of his life before renouncing the world for the emancipation of humanity at large. Sakyas, the community to which he belonged had the privilege of enshrining one-eighth share of the relics in this stupa after holding a befitting ceremony. Like many Buddhist sites the whereabouts of Kapilavastu were also lost to posterity after the extinction of the religion from the country of its birth over eight hundred years ago.

The book contains an interesting account of the work which led to the discovery of the relics in the stupa at Piprahwa in Basti district of Utter Pradesh. Sealings with the legend Kapilavastu, found in excavations at the site, clinched the issue of identification as well, besides establishing that the stupa which yielded the relics was, in the first instance, constructed by the Sakyas over their one-eighth share.

Corporeal relics were carried to Sri Lanka for exposition and worship under a cultural pact with the Government of India. An account of the journey to Sri Lanka, the divinely honour received by the relics and the depth of faith and ovation reflected in the mile-long queue of the people waiting patiently in the scorching sun for their own turn is an additional attraction of the book.

Buddha's Relics from Kapilavastu, K. M. Srivastava, Agam Kala Prakashan, Hardcover, 190 pages, $39.00

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