A village in the Vajji country, on the banks of the Ganges, on the road from Rājagaha to Vesāli and near the latter.
Once while Sāriputta was staying there, the Paribbājaka Sāmaṇḍaka visited him and talked to him about Nibbāna. SN.iv.261–262 Some time later, after the death of Sāriputta and Moggallāna within a fortnight of each other, the Buddha came to Ukkacela on his way to Vesāli and at a gathering of the monks uttered high praise of the two chief disciples and spoke of the loss the Order had sustained by their death. SN.v.163f.
The Cūḷagopālaka Sutta was also preached at Ukkacela. MN.i.225