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Name of a tree which was the abode of serpent-king of the same name. The tree was located in the Ajapāla-nigrodha in Uruvelā. According to the commentarial accounts, in the sixth week after his enlightenment (bodhi), the serpent-king (nāga) sheltered the Buddha during a rainstorm by winding his coils seven times around the Buddha's body and covering his head with its hood. The motif is a common theme in Buddhist art.

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