A city of the Mallas which the
Buddha visited during his
last journey, going there from Bhogagāma and stopping 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 (1)
was preached (SnA..i. 159). From Pāvā the Buddha journeyed on to
crossing the Kakkutthā on the way. D.ii.126 ff.; Ud.viii.5; the road from Pāvā
to Kusināra is mentioned several times in the books - e.g.,
According to the Sangīti Sutta, at the time the Buddha was
staying at Pāvā, the Mallas had just completed their new Mote hall,
and, at their invitation, the Buddha consecrated it by first occupying it and
then preaching in it. After the Buddha had finished speaking,
the Sahgīti Sutta to the assembled monks.
Pāvā was also a centre of the Niganthas and, at the time
mentioned above, Nigantha Nāthaputta had just died at Pāvā and his followers
were divided by bitter wrangles (D.iii.210). Cunda Samanuddesa was spending his
rainy season at Pāvā, and he reported to the Buddha, who was at
of the Niganthas' quarrels (Ibid., 117f.; M.ii.243f).
The distance from Pāvā to Kusināra was three gāvutas. It
is said (UdA.403) that on the way between these two places, the Buddha had to
stop at twenty five resting places, so faint and weary was he.
Mention is made in the Udāna (i.7) of the Buddha having
stayed at the Ajakapālaka cetiya in Pāvā. This may have been during a
After the Buddha's death, the Mallas of Pāvā claimed a
share in his relics. Dona satisfied their claim, and a Thūpa was erected in Pāvā
over their share of the relics (D.ii.167; Bu.xxviii.3).
The inhabitants of Pāvā are called Pāveyyakā.
Pāvā was the birthplace of Khandasumana.