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Sītavana

A grove near Rājagaha where Anāthapiṇḍika first met the Buddha. In the grove was a cemetery described as “filling with fear (bhayabherava)” (ThagA.i.47; cf. Dvy.264, 268), and, when Anāthapiṇḍika approached it, he was filled with fear and trembling. However, he was reassured by a friendly yakkha, Sīvaka (Vin.ii.155 f; when the Buddha was staying there, Māra asked him to die; D.ii.116).

In the Sītavana was the Sappasoṇḍika-pabbhāra (S.i.210 f; Vin.ii.76; iv.159), where Upasena was killed by a snake-bite (S.iv.40) and Soṇa Koḷivisa tried, without success, to practise asceticism. (A.iii.374).

Sambhūta Thera so loved the Sītavana that he came to be called “Sītavaniya.”

In Asoka’s day his brother Tissakumāra, (Ekavihāriya) is also mentioned its delighting in the solitude of Sītavana (Thag.vs.540; or does this Sītavana not refer to any particular place?).

There were five hundred walking paths (caṅkamanāni) in Sītavana. AA.ii.679.

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