A village on the road from Kāsi to Sāvatthi. It was the headquarters of the followers of Assaji and Punabbasu, who lived there, behaving in a shameless and wicked manner. A certain monk, on his way to Jetavana, passed through the place and was asked by a pious layman to complain to the Buddha of their ill-
On hearing of it, the Buddha sent Sāriputta and Mahā-
According to Buddhaghosa (MA.ii.668), Kīṭāgiri was the name of a township (nigama). In the Samantapāsādikā (iii.613 f) it is called a country (janapada), favoured by adequate rain and fruitful crops, and therefore chosen by the followers of Assaji and Punabbasuka.