Aurangabad monastery, (near) Aurangabad, Maharashtra, IN

Raw data

The site is located 3 km north of the modern city in Maharashtra. The site has two phases - the second century and the seventh century. Several caves were set up with cells. One was both an assembly hall and a monastery. The iconography of the seventh century caves is Mahayana.
Src: IN
Input by: SG Mar 31, 2009

"Tourist Attractions in Aurangabad
Aurangabad Caves : Just three km from downtown lies the Aurangabad Caves. Built around the 6 th and 7 th century AD, the Aurangabad caves comprises nine caves, five in the western group and four in the eastern group, which are one km apart. All the caves are Buddhist and they showcase art by Buddhist monks, dating back hundred of years. You will also see an interesting series of sculptures depicting scenes from one of the jatakas. Other sculptures depict figures of women, scantily clad but ornately bejewelled. There is also a massive statue of of Bodhisattva prays for deliverance from eight fears of the enemy, chains, lions, shipwreck, mad elephants, snakes and death, represented as a demon."

Input by: tmciolek Apr 2, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 02 Apr 2009

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Aurangabad monastery, IN.

General location of the Aurangabad monastery, IN.
lat=19.917 long=75.31295
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=19.917,75.31295&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Aurangabad monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Maharashtra

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 100-200 CE
  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 23 Dec 2012
  • <=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • 700 - 800 CE
  • MBM chrono-tag 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p - tmciolek 23 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, art historical.

16. Additional notes

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

  • [missing data]

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