Kapilavastu is a small town in Nepal, close to the Indian border. According to Buddhist tradition it was home to Suddhodana, the king of the Shakya people and father of Prince, who later became . Siddhartha spent his formative years in the royal palace of Kapilavastu. It was from here that the young prince undertook four excursions during which he encountered human for the first time. Thereafter he left the royal palace to become a and seek salvation. Thus, Kapilavastu is a sacred place for Buddhists and a major .