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Devdaha (Dev Daha, Devadaha) is a municipality in Rupandehi District of Nepal. It is one of the 72 municipalities formed in 2014. It is located east of Butwal and shares a border with Nawalparasi district on the east side. This is known historically as the maternal home of Buddha. There are many places to visit in Devdaha. A historical tree known as Pakari Brikshya (weeping fig), with approximate circumference of 16–20 metres (52–66 ft), is also situated near the town. There are some villages with hills in the northern side, like Sarantari and Keuli.
Devdaha was a township of the koliyan 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.
Origin of the name
The name 'Devdaha' 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 Buddhist text 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.
Prince Siddhartha was born in Lumbini while Queen Maya Devi was on her way to Devdaha. Queen Maya Devi died on the seventh day of Siddhartha's birth. He was then brought up by his second mother, Queen Prajapati Gautami. During his childhood, Prince Siddhartha paid several visits to Devdaha. After seven years of his Enlightenment, Prince Siddhartha – now Gautama Buddha – again visited Devdaha and was greatly welcomed there.
This Park is the eastern front gate of Devdaha. It contains a huge garden and a pagoda. There is a big statue of Buddha (7 feet or 2.1 metres) and a gilded statue of Sariputra. The garden contains various flowers including bodhi brichha. The park was built by Devdaha Conservation Academy, and it was inaugurated by His royal Highness Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev. This park is the entrance and the symbol of peace in Devdaha. Previously due to lack of advertisement, people used to get confused about this place, but nowadays this problem has been solved.
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