Early tradition says that Prince Siddhattha Gotama was born in a nature reserve called Lumbinã, although this is nowhere mentioned in the Tipiñaka. Mahà Màyà, his mother, was on her way to Devadaha to have her baby when the birth pangs began and the child was born in Lumbinã instead. In later centuries Lumbinã became an important centre of pilgrimage and remained so until at least the beginning of the 14th century. After the disappearance of Buddhism in India, Lumbinã was gradually overgrown by jungle and was only rediscovered in 1896. Today the place is located just within the border of Nepal. The most important monument at Lumbinã is a huge stone pillar with an inscription by King Asoka saying that he visited the place in the year 249 BCE. The inscription reads: `Twenty years after his coronation King Asoka visited this place and worshipped because here the Buddha, the sage of the Sakyans, was born. He had a stone figure and a pillar set up because the Lord was born here and the village was exempted from tax and required to pay only one eighth of the produce.'