A park near Rājagaha, at the foot of Gijjhakūṭa. It was a nature reserve (migadāya) where deer and game could dwell in safety. When Devadatta, wishing to kill the Buddha, hurled a rock down Gijjhakūṭa, it was stopped midway by another rock, but a splinter from it fell on the Buddha’s foot, wounding it severely. As the Buddha suffered much from loss of blood, the monks took him on a litter to Maddakucchi, and from there to the Jīvaka-
According to the Commentaries (e.g., S.A.i.61; cp. J.iii.121 f), Maddakucchi was so called because it was there that Bimbisāra’s queen, mother of Ajātasattu, tried to bring about an abortion when she was told by soothsayers that the child in her womb was destined to bring about Bimbisāra’s death. She went into the park unknown to the king and violently massaged her womb, but without success. The king heard of this and forbade her to visit the park.
Once when Mahā-
Maddakucchi was difficult of access for monks, who came from afar late at night, wishing to put Dabba-