A "shrine" of the Mallas to the east of Kusināra, where the Buddha's body was cremated (D.ii.160-1).

Buddhaghosa explains that the Makutabandhana was a Hall in which the Malla chiefs put on their ornaments on festival days. It was called a cetiya because it was decorated (cittakatthena pan'esa cetiyam).

DA.ii.596; see also Dvy. 201. Hiouen Thsang's description (Beal, op. cit., ii.37) of the stūpa erected at what is evidently Makutabandhana suggests a different explanation. It was there that the Mallas laid aside their diamond maces (? makuta) and fell prostrate on the ground with grief at the Buddha's death.

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