Andan Dheri [monastery?], (near) Chakdara, NWF Province, PK

Raw data

"Andan Dheri an important Buddhist site is located 7 km north of Chakdara Bridge near village Uchh. According to Buddhist pilgrim Xuan Zang this site was attached to a famous lagend about Buddha. According to this legend, in order to save people from famine Buddha changed himself into a great serpent lying dead in the valley. The starved people cut pieces from the body and fed themselves.
[…] Archaeologists have found the stupa [near the monastery] […] Over 500 pieces of Gandhara sculpture were recovered [from the site]
Three kilometers from Andan Dheri Stupa a Hindu Shahi fort of Kamal Khan China is located. It is now in ruins. From this fort a track leads to Nimogram Buddhist Monastery and Stupa."

Chakdara, Pakistan Page
Other names: Chakdarra,Chakdarra Fort
World:Pakistan:North-West Frontier Province
Lat 34.6572 Long 72.0353

Fa-hsien visited Swat valley (Wu-chang country) where he found about 500 sangharamas, all of them belonging to the Theravada school. (Litvinskii et al. 1996:168)

"Uchh and the Noor Mahal Uchh is an ancient historic village of Dir District, …"

"Alladun Dheri an important Buddhist site is located 7 km north of Chakdara Bridge near village Uchh. According to the Buddhist pilgrim Xuan Zang this site was connected with a legend about Buddha."

"Journeying from Chakdara towards Dir, a route turns to the old village of Uchh. It is around 8 to 10 kilometers from Chakdara. One suddenly finds the glimpses of a Buddhist stupa of Andan Dheri welcoming visitors just before they step into Uchh."

Input by: tmciolek, Nov 25, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 26 Nov 2010

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Andan Dheri monastery, PK.

General location of the Andan Dheri monastery, PK
Lat 34.7096 Long 72.0161
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2010.

Google Map link:,%20PK)&ll=34.7096,72.0161&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Andan Dheri [monastery?] [the presence of monastery is suggested by the presence of the stupa - tmc, 26 Nov 2010]

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan:North-West Frontier Province

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx,. Lat 34.7096 Long 72.0161 (est. coords [acc. to] of a spot some 8 km N of Chakdara - tmciolek, 26 Nov 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Theravada - Litvinskii et al. (1996:168)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

12. Date-intermediate

  • The monastery was visited by Faxian [(337 – c. 424 CE)] - Litvinskii et al. (1996:168)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0333-66p 0367-99c 0400-32c - tmciolek 18 Dec 2012
  • 0333-66p 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99p dated-xx
  • MBM chrono-tag 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99p - tmciolek 18 Dec 2012

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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