Avarasaila monastery, (near) Amravati, Maharashtra, IN

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Avarasaila Samgharama. Lit. Western Mountain Monastery. A vihara in Dhanakatcheka, built 600 BC, deserted AD 600. Src: Eitel (1888:26)
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 27 2009

"Avarasila Samghirama of Dhanakatcheka (Dhenaka-Katha or Maha Andhra), was …"
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 24 2009

"Hiuen Tsiang further relates that to the east of the capital on a mountain there stood a convent called PurvaSila and on a mountain to the west was another, called Avara&la. Perhaps it would be preferable to render the names of these two monasteries by Purva&aila and Avarasaila, the Sanskrit word for a mountain being 6aUa, whereas 6S& means * s stone." Now, it is worthy of note that among the localities mentioned in inscription F, we meet, with the name Puvasela, which is clearly a Prakrit form corresponding to Sanskrit Purva&aila. A name, meaning "Eastern Mountain or Hill," may, of course, have been used at different places of India. But it is a point worth considering whether the remains of Nagarjuniko$4& can possibly represent the ancient capital of DhanBakataka, which archaeologists have sought both at Dharanikofca near Amaravati and at Bezwa."
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 24 2009

Dhanyakataka (Amaravati) (Soothill & Hodus 1937:188)
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 24 2009

Amravati, India Page
Other names: Amraoti, Amraotī, Amrāvati, Amaravati
World:India:State of Maharashtra
Latitude 20.9333 Longitude 77.7500
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 7 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 23 Dec 2012

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 Avarasaila monastery, IN.

General location of the Avarasaila monastery, IN.
lat=20.9333 long=77.7500
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Avarasaila monastery - Eitel (1888:26)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Maharashtra

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Avarasaila Samgharama - Eitel (1888:26)
  • Western Mountain Monastery - Eitel (1888:26)
  • Avarasila Samghirama of Dhanakatcheka - www.maharashtra.gov.in/pdf/gazeetter_reprint/Aurangabad/ch7_art.html

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • To the SE of the city, opposite the New Prabhat Colony suburb, there are two hills which could be the ancient Western & Eastern mountain - one needs to get their coords off the Google Maps - tmciolek 22 Apr 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

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • 600 BC - Eitel (1888:26)
  • 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 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

  • Deserted in AD 600 - Eitel (1888:26)
  • > * MBM chrono-tag 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p - tmciolek 23 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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

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

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