Anupu monastery, (near) Nagarjuna Sagar dam, Andhra Pradesh, IN

Raw data

"During the 3rd –4th centuries AD, Nagarjunakonda, 150 km south of Hyderabad, was the capital of the Ikshvaku rulers. The ancient site occupied an area of about 23 in a valley on the banks of Krishna river. […]
Other reconstruction sites are at Anupu on the east bank of the river. These include a temple (3rd-4th century), monasteries (4th century) and a Stadium (4th century). The monastery has also a refectory, a store and a bath. The stadium has tiered galleries providing seating around a rectangular court."

"Located a few kilometres away from the Nagarjunasagar dam, Anupu is a site of Buddhist excavations reconstructed to perfection with painstaking effort. During the construction of Nagarjunasagar dam, the ruins of an ancient Buddhist university were excavated. These have been reconstructed at Anupu, 4 km away from the right bank of the reservoir. A place of great architectural interest with faithful reconstruction of a third century Vihara (Buddhist University) and an amphitheatre with fine acoustics […]"

Input by: tmciolek, Aug 29, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 04 Sep 2009

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 Anupu monastery, IN.

General location of the Anupu monastery, IN.
lat=16.544425 long=79.293656
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=16.544425,79.293656&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Anupu monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: State of Andhra Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat: 16.544425, Long: 79.293656, coords obtained from GoogleEarth, on the basis of a rectangular marker for the Anupu site as shown in - tmc, 4 Sep 2009.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

8. The settlement's coordinates

  • Approx., location of Nagarjuna Sagar - Lat 16.5800 Long 79.3210 - based on the visual identification of the town in maps, - tmciolek, 28 Jul 2010.

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • [missing data]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0333-66p - tmciolek 19 Dec 2012
  • 0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p dated-e

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [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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