A township in Kásí, the residence, among others, of Citta-Gahapati (S.iv.281).
It contained the Ambátakavana, which Citta presented as a monastery for the monks, at the head of whom was Mahánáma.
Sudhamma Thera also lived there, and the place was visited by Sáriputta and Moggalána and also by Acela Kassapa (S.iv.300).
For details see DhA.ii.74f.; according to Vin.ii.15f., they were accompanied by Mahákaccána, Mahákotthita, Mahákappina, Mahácunda, Anuruddha, Revata, Upáli, Ananda and Ráhula; these all went there while travelling in the Kási kingdom.
The books contain, besides these, the names of several monks who lived at Macchikásanda - e.g., Isidatta, Mahaka, Kámabhú and Godatta. The place may also have been a centre of the Niganthas, for Nigantha Nátáputta is mentioned as having gone there with a large following (S.iv.298).
It was thirty leagues from Sávatthi (DhA.ii.79), and near by was the village of Migapathaka.