Pava

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A stupa built at the place where Cunda's house used to be, at the site of ancient Pava.

Pāvā (now Padrauna) was a city in ancient India, at the time of Sakyamuni Buddha. Pāvā was located about 15 kilometres east of Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Pāvā was a city of the Mallas which the Buddha visited during his last journey, going there from Bhogagama and staying at Cunda's mango grove.

Cunda lived in Pāvā and invited the Buddha to a meal, which proved to be his last. It was on this occasion that the Cunda Sutta was preached.[1] From Pāvā the Buddha journeyed on to Kushināgar, crossing the Kakkuttha River on the way[2]

According to the Sangiti Sutta, at the time the Buddha was staying at Pāvā, the Mallas had already completed their new Mote hall, Ubbhataka, and, at their invitation, the Buddha consecrated it by first occupying it and then preaching in it. After the Buddha had finished speaking, one of his leading disciples, Sariputta, recited the Sangiti Sutta to the assembled monks.

After the Buddha's death, the Mallas of Pāvā claimed a share in his relics. The Brahmin Dona satisfied their claim, and a Stūpa was erected in Pāvā over their share of the relics.[3]

References

  1. SNA.i. 159
  2. D.ii.126 ff.; Ud.viii.5; the road from Pāvā to Kushināgar is mentioned several times in the mss. Vin.ii.284; D.ii.162.
  3. D.ii.167; Bu.xxviii.3
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