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.