The frail Buddha Shakyamuni, known as Gautama Buddha and
the Historical Buddha, had reached the end of his physical life
and long teaching career. He and his close disciples decided
on his final resting place under the twin sala trees in Kushinagar,
the republic of Malla in North Eastern Ancient India. There he lay
on his side surrounded by many dignitaries and enlightened monks
who had gathered to say farewell to him, (c. 563 or 480 BCE).
Among them, there was a deeply devoted lay follower named Cunda (Chunda).
He was the son of a blacksmith from the nearby area of Kushinagara
castle who had come of his own accord to pay his respects to the
great Buddha, bringing with him 15 of his friends.
To show his devotion, Chunda had discarded his daily work clothes
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