Do you know that there are two Kapilavastu?
One in India and one in Nepal?
We visited the one in Nepal and saw discovered ruins
While many are exhibited, many are hidden again in the bushes
Protected with some plastics to be dug later in future
“Here is the West gate, here is where there used to be a door
Here is the East gate that Siddhartha left after Rahula was born”
Looking at the bricks on the floor and some low walls
One can only see by mind sketching what the local guide tried to explain
He also tried to convince us that their Kapilavastu is the original
While our Indian guide agreed it may be so, it may be so
Coz all Buddhists know that Siddhartha had three palaces
One for the rain, one for winter and one for summer
So, this may be one and India’s may be one
While the archaeologists look on for the last one
We were being told Nepal has only 9% of Buddhists
Most are the Hindus and they had built over many sites
Claiming them Hindu’s and not of the Buddhist’s
But the same sites now are attracting tourists
Bringing income to the country and majority are the Buddhists
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!