It is situated about 9 km south west of Tilaurakot and 31 km north west of Lumbini. According to the Buddha vamsa, it is the natal town of Krakuchhanda Buddha, and also the place of mahaparinirvana.
Chinese traveler Fa-hsien, who reached there in 5th century, writes in his book "leaving the city saravasti, and going twelve yojanas to the south-east, we arrived at a town called Na-pi-ka. This is the birthplace of the Krakuchhanda Buddha. There are towers erected on the spots where the interview between the father and son took place and also he entered nirvana." (Beal, 84:1996).
Another Chinese traveler, who visited this place in 7th century wrotes, "to the south of the city (Kapilvastu) going 50 li or so, we came to an old town where there is a stupa. This is the place where Krakuchhandsa Buddha was born, to the south of the city there was a stupa that was the place he met his father. To the south-east of the city is a stupa, where are the Tathagata's relics stupa before it was erected as a stone pillar about 30 feet high, on the top of which is carved a lion. By its side it is a record relating the circumstances of his Nirvana which is erected by Ashoka Raja." (Beal, 18-19:1983)
According to the Hiuen Tshang's description Gotihawa is the birth place of the Krakuchhanda Buddha.
Only the lower portion of the Ashokan pillar and upper part with inscription is missing there (worshiped as Phuteswor Mahadev by local). Beside it, there is a big mound, it is believed to be the Nirvana stupa of Krakuchhanda Buddha.