GuruPada Cockfoot Mountain


When Maha Kassapa, the Buddha's successor, realised that his life was drawing to a close he set out for Kukkutapadagiri, his favourite mountain resort. When his progress to the peak was hindered by rocks he struck them with his staff and they opened to let him through. On arriving at the summit a cavity opened in the rocks, he entered, fell into a deep meditative trance and the rocks closed around him.

Legend says that in the distance future when Maitreya appears in the world he will come to Kukkitapadagiri, awaken Maha Kassapa, receive the Buddha's robe from him and then begin to announce the new dispensation. This sacred mountain is now called Gurpa.

This may be the place where Asanga spent many years meditating

Gurpada (also Kukkutapadagiri, now Gurpa) is known as the place in which Maitryea Buddha will return and receive the robes of the Buddha kept with Maha Kassappa. Legend says that Maha Kassapa didn’t die. Instead, he took Samadhi at this majestic place, sleeping within the rock. Maha Kassapa will offer the robes of the Buddha to the future Buddha when Maitryea Buddha descends to this realm in order to share the next basket of teachings with the world. This place was such a big attraction for the followers of the teachings of the Buddha over the centuries, that pilgrims developed Gurpada in their own native countries.