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Medāḷupa

v.l. Medataḷūmpa.– A Sākyan village three leagues from Nagaraka (M.ii.119). Pasenadi when staying there with Dīgha-Kārāyana, heard that the Buddha was there and visited him. On this occasion was taught the Dhammacetiya Sutta (q.v.) This was the last time that Pasenadi saw the Buddha.

The Dhammapada Commentary, however, in its record (DhA.i.356) of the king’s visit, calls the place Ulumpa. On the other hand, the Majjhima­nikāya Commentary (MA.ii.753) confirms the reading Medāḷupa, and says that it was so called because fat coloured (medavaṇṇa) stones were visible there on the surface of the earth (medavaṇṇā pāsāṇā kirettha ussannā ahesuṃ, tasmā medāḷupanti saṅkhaṃ gataṃ).

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