Yes, Yes, Buddha Was Born in Nepal, Please No More Debate About Buddha’s Birthplace
We all know that ‘Gautam Buddha’ was born in Nepal. However, there is always debate about Buddha’s birthplace. Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, now in modern-day Nepal. He was raised in the Shakya capital of Kapilvastu and obtained his enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, India. This is the fact and truth. Based on this fact and truth, going by its cultural, religious and historical importance, Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 as the birthplace of ‘Gautam Buddha’.
UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says, the Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini located in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, testified by the inscription on the pillar erected by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka in 249 BC. Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage center from as early as the 3rd century BC. However, some people are still trying to twist this fact about ‘Gautam Buddha’.
When somebody writes about the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and says Buddha wasn’t born in Nepal, it’s enough to make Nepali people furious. In 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Lord Gautama Buddha was born in India. While addressing Indian community in California he said, “We are from the country where Buddha and Gandhi were born.” Nepalese all around the world opposed that statement. In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the land of Nepal and said Buddha was born in Nepal in his address to Nepal’s parliament. He got a big round of applause at that time. The birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam is a disputed issue as some Indian school textbooks state that Siddhartha Gautam was born in India. However, United Nation is clear about the fact of Buddha’s birthplace. According to United Nations, as the birthplace of the Lord Buddha testified by the inscription on the Ashoka Pillar, the sacred area in Lumbini is one of the holiest and significant places for one of the world’s great religions.