Ayodhya monastic cluster, (in) Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, IN

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A very old Buddhist site, going back to the time of the Buddha. When Xuanzang visited in December, 636 AD there were 100 monasteries and 3000 monks. Five large additional monasteries with 1000 monks were across the Ganges. Practices varied. Ayodhya is still a site in U.P.
Src: IN
Input by: SG Jan 22 2009

"In traditional history, Ayodhya was the early capital of the kingdom of Koshala, though in Buddhist times (6th–5th century bce) Shravasti became the kingdom’s chief city. Scholars generally agree that Ayodhya is identical with the town of Saketa, where the Buddha is said to have resided for a time. Its later importance as a Buddhist centre can be gauged from the statement of the Chinese Buddhist monk Faxian in the 5th century ce that there were 100 monasteries there. There were also a number of other monuments, including a stupa (shrine) reputed to have been founded by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka (3rd century bce).
The Kanauj kingdom arose in Ayodhya, then called Oudh, during the 11th and 12th centuries ce. […]"
Src: Ayodhya. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved February 24, 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/46559/Ayodhya

Ayodhya, town, south-central U.P.
It lies on the Ghaghara River, nr Faizabad
Ayodhya was formerly called Oudh.
Src: The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. 2007. Columbia University Press.

Ayodhya, India Page
Other names: Ajodhya,Oudh
World:India:State of Uttar Pradesh
Lat: 26.8000 Long: 82.2000
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 24 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 02 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Ayodhya monastic cluster, India.

General location of the Ayodhya monastic cluster, India.
lat=26.8000 long=82.2000
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Ayodhya monastic cluster (Src: IN Input by: SG Jan 22 2009)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Uttar Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • A very old Buddhist site, going back to the time of the Buddha. - Src: IN Input by: SG Jan 22 2009
  • 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 0567-99p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]
  • Xuanzang visited the site in December, 636 AD - Src: IN Input by: SG Jan 22 2009
  • MBM chrono-tag 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99p - tmciolek 23 Dec 2012

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • pilgrim accounts

16. Additional notes

  • In 5th century AD - Fahien saw 100 monasteries. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/46559/Ayodhya
  • In 636 AD - 100 monasteries with 3,000 monks. (Src: IN Input by: SG Jan 22 2009)
  • In 636 AD - Five large additional monasteries with 1000 monks were across the Ganges. (Src: IN Input by: SG Jan 22 2009)

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