Devadaha was a township of the Sākiyans
Shakya was an ancient janapada of India in the 1st millennium BCE. In Buddhist texts the Shakyas, the inhabitants of Shakya janapada, are mentioned as a clan of Gotama gotra....

 (nowadays Nepal
Nepal , officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India...

). It is near Nawalparasi District
Nawalparasi District
Nawalparasi District of 562,870. This district has given birth to many Nepal's top level people including late Prime Minister Tanka Prasad Acharya...

 of Nepal. The Buddha
Gautama Buddha
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 stayed there during his tours and preached to the monks
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 on various topics. According to the Commentaries it was the city of birth of the Buddha's mother (Mayadevi), and of Pajāpatī Gotamī
Mahapajapati Gotami
Mahāpajābatī Gotamī was the first woman to request ordination from the Buddha and to join the Saṅgha...

 and their companions, who married the Sākiyans of Kapilavatthu.

Origin of the name

The name 'Devadaha' was originally that of a lake, so called either because kings held their sports in it (Pali
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: devā vuccanti rājāno tesam mangaladaho), or because it came into existence without human intervention, hence divine (Pali
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: sayañjāto vā so daho, tasmā pi Devadaho). The name was later transferred to the village nearby. According to the Dulva (Rockhill, p. 12), the city was founded by Sākiyans from Kapilavatthu, when they grew very numerous. The spot was pointed out by a deva
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, hence its name.

Related places and persons

  • The Lumbinīvana
    Lumbinī is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition. The Buddha lived between roughly 563 and 483 BCE...

    , where the Buddha was born, was near Devadaha.

  • Suppabuddha of Devadaha was a contemporary of Suddhodana
    King Suddhodana was the father of Siddhartha Gautama, later known as the Buddha. He was a leader of the Shakya people, who lived in southern Nepal. Suddhodana's father was Sinahana...

    (p. 14).

  • Devadaha was the residence of Devadaha Sakka (Mhv.ii.17; MT.87) and of Pakkha Thera (ThagA.i.114).

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