A shrine of pre-Buddhistic worship, to
the east of Vesāli.
It is mentioned with other shrines at
all of which are described as beautiful
spots (D.ii.102; S. v.260; A.iv.309; see also D.iii.9).
Rhys Davids conjectures that these were
probably trees or barrows (Dial.ii.110, n.1, but see Law: Geography of Early
The Dhammapada Commentary (iii.246)
describes the Udena and the Gotamaka shrines as "rukkha-cetiyas" to which men
pay homage in order to have their wishes fulfilled.
The Digha Commentary (ii.554; AA.ii.784;
UdA.323) says that in the Buddha's time a vihāra had been erected on the spot
where this shrine stood and that this vihāra had previously been dedicated to
the Yakkha Udena.