सिवान sivāna

‘Bier’  City/District, Bihar

There are two suggestions for the derivation of Siwan, neither of which are convincing.

  1. From SKT:  śavayāna ‘bier’ or  śīvan ‘lying’, ‘resting’ because, according to legend, the Buddha’s body was lay here on the way to be cremated
  2. From Shivan Man the name of a Bandh king whose successors ruled the region for a long time. The king’s name was Shivan Man and hence the name Siwan.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Bihar place names.


Siwan Junction railway station. The origin of the Indian place name, Siwan, a city and district in Bihar state, is discussed here.