Nāla, Nālaka, Nālika
A brahmin village in Magadha, not far from Rājagaha. It was the township of the Upatissa family (hence also called Upatissa-gāma), and it was there that Sāriputta and other members of his family were born.¹ It was also the birthplace of Mahā-Gavaccha (ThagA.i.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 Stream-winner, 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 Sāmaṇḍaka (A.v.120,121); DhA.iv.164 f.
³ S.v.161; J.i.391; v.125; UdA.322, etc.