A hill near Gayā. Here the Buddha came from Uruvelā after converting the Tebhātika-
When Devadatta managed to win over five hundred of the monks to his side, it was to Gayāsīsa that he retired with them, and there it was that the Buddha’s Chief Disciples had to go to reclaim them (Vin.ii.199; DhA.i.121; J.i.142, 425, 490 f; iv.180). It is said (J.i.185, 508; ii.38 f) that Ajātasattu built a special monastery for Devadatta at Gayāsīsa.
The Commentaries (SA.iii.4; UdA.74) say that the hill was so called because it was composed of a flat stone and was shaped like an elephant’s head (gaja-
The hill stands about one mile to the south-
See also Gayā Sutta.