A town in India. It lay on the road between the Bodhi-tree and Benares. It was between the Bodhimanda and Gayā that the Buddha, on his way to Isipatana, met Upaka. Vin.i.8
The Buddha stayed at Gayā on several occasions: once at Gayāsīsa, Vin.i.34 SN.iv.19 AN.iv.302 and also near the Tankitamañca, Snp.p.47 SN.i.207 the residence of Sūciloma.
It was at a spring festival in Gayā that Senaka Thera was converted by the Buddha. Thag.287