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