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A mountain in Rohana on which Kākavanna-Tissa built a vihāra (Mhv.Xxii.23) and Vasabha ten thūpas (Mhv.Xxxv.81). Dāthopatissa gave to the vihāra the village of Gonnavitthi (Cv.xlv.59). The mountain is described as being healthy (utusappāya) (MT.552), and sometimes there lived on it as many as twelve thousand monks (VibhA.445; Mhv.xxiv.9). Attached to the vihāra was the Ninkaponnapadhānaghara (VibhA.489) and the Kotagerukapāsāda - the residence of Bhāgineyya Sangharakkhita (MT.552) - and also, probably, a nunnery. (See VibhA.498). The Elders Mahānāga and Cūlanāga lived at Cittalapabbata for three years (SA.ii.125). The Commentaries" contain several stories connected with the mountain. (E.g., VibhA.264, 498; DhsA.351, 399; AA.i.386; MA.i.18, 66, 150, 223, 351, 399). Near by (AA.i.386) was the village of Kālumbara and the bathing place of Kuruvakatittha (MA.ii.1024). It was evidently a very important monastic centre in Ceylon, and is mentioned on a par with Abhayagiri and Cetiyapabbata (DA.ii.478). Cittalapabbata is sometimes called Cittalakūta. E.g., Mhv.xxxv.81.


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