The name given to the inhabitants of Pāvā—e.g., Pāveyyakā Mallā. DN.ii.165
Pāvā was evidently a centre of Buddhist activity even during the lifetime of the Buddha, and mention is made of Pāveyyakā monks in the Vinaya. Vin.i.253 During the time of the Vajjiputta heresy, it was the Pāveyyakā who upheld the true doctrine, their leaders being Revata, Sambhūta Sānavāsī, Yasa Kākandakaputta and Sumana. Vin.ii.301ff. In this connection the Pāveyyakā are also described as “Pacchimikā” in opposition to the Vajjiputtakas who are called “Pācīnakā.
The Burmese MSS. seem to spell Pāveyyakā as Pātheyyakā.