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Licchavi (Skt.; Tib. ལི་ཙྪ་བཱི།, Wyl. li tsa+tsha bI) was the ancient republican state of the Licchavi people. Its capital was Vaishali which the Buddha visited at least three times, the first visit being when he dispelled drought, sickness, and non-human foes. It was this act which earned the Buddha the gratitude of the Licchavis and after that they visited him in large numbers.