A brahmin village in Magadha, not far from
Rājagaha. It was the township of the
Upatissas (hence also called Upatissagāma), and
it was there that Sāriputta and other members
of his family were born (*1).
It was also the birthplace of Mahā
Gavaccha (ThagA.ii.57). Sāriputta seems to have continued to reside there
from time to time, even after he joined the Order (*2), and when his death drew
near, he went back to Nālakagāma and, having made his mother a
sotāpanna, died in the room where he
was born (*3).
(*1) SA.ii.172; ThagA.i.108; ii.93; ThigA.162; VvA.149, 156, 158, 164; Mtu
(iii. 56) calls it Nālanda.
(*2) See his discussions with Jambukhādaka
(S.iv.251) and with Sāmandakāni (A.v.120,121);
(*3) S. v.161; J. i.391; v.125; UdA.322, etc.