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Devadaha was a township of the Sākiyans in what is now the Rupandehi District of Nepal. The Buddha stayed there during his tours and preached to the monks on various topics. According to the Commentaries it was the city of birth of the Buddha's mother (Mayadevi), and of Pajāpatī Gotamī and their companions(Koliyans), who married the Sākiyans of Kapilavatthu.
Devdaha is a municipality of East side in Rupandehi. This is known historically as the maternal home of Buddha. There are many places to visit here in Devdaha. Historical tree Pakari Brikshya (weeping fig with approximate circumference of 16 - 20 m) is also situated near the town. There are some village with hill in Northern side like Sarantari and Keuli.
Origin of the name
The name 'Devadaha' was originally that of a lake, so called either because kings held their sports in it (Pali: devā vuccanti rājāno tesam mangaladaho), or because it came into existence without human intervention, hence divine (Pali: 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, hence its name.
Buddha in Devdaha: Princes Siddhartha was born in Lumbini while Queen Mayadevi was on her way towards Devdaha. Queen Mayadevi died at the seventh day of Siddhartha's birth. He was then brought up by his second mother Queen Prajapati Gautami. On his childhood, Princes Siddhartha preferred going Devdaha always. He paid his several visits until he was at Kapilvastu.
Prince Siddhartha demonstrated his extraordinary skill in shooting competition organized by his maternal uncle King Suppabuddha, king of Koliya kingdom, on the occasion of Princess Yashodhara's wedding ceremony. He succeeded to shoot his arrow through seven tamarind trees. He was immediately garlanded by princess Yasodhara. The unbelievable defeat of the rest competing princess were rude towards princes Siddhartha. After seven years of his Enlightens, Prince Siddhartha in the face of Gautama Buddha visited Devdaha. He was heavily welcomed there. Every people of Devdaha paid a great attention toward him.
Buddha solved many obstacles and difficulties and problems suffered by the people. He ordained many flowers of Iain sad hu Nirgrantha Nathputra,too.
This Park is the eastern front gate of Devdaha. It welcomes all the visitors of Devdaha. The park contains a huge garden and one pagoda in it. There is a big statue of Buddha ( 7 feet) and a statue of Sariputra which is made up of coated with golden color. The garden contains various flowers including 'bodhi brichha'.
This park was built by Devdaha Conservation Academy and it was Inaugurated by His royal Highness Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev. He is the most adorable person to visit Devdaha till today.
This park is the entrance and the symbol of peace in Devdaha. Before this park visitors get confused to find Devdaha. But the problem is eliminated now.,
- S.iii.5f; iv.124f; M.ii.214
- J.i.52; BuA.226; MA.ii.924, 1021, etc; ThigA.182
- "Pakari Brikshya". Wondermondo.
- SA.ii.186; also MA.ii.810