Bagh monastery, (near) Bagh, Madhya Pradesh, IN

Raw data

This site consists of nine caves located near the small town of Bagh in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh (40 km s-w of Dhar). Leaking water has seriously damaged all the caves but there are remains of about 30 cells for monks. The iconography suggests Mahayana tradition. The site was constructed in the 5th-6th centuries, possibly the late 4th century.

See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.170.

See Archana Verma, Cultural and Visual Flux at Early Historical Bagh in Central India (Oxford: BAR International Series #1707, 2007).

Src: IN
Input by: SG Mar 31, 2009

Bgh, Madhya Pradesh; excavated cave monastery. - Huntington & Chandrasekhar (2000:57)

Bagh, India Page
Other names: Bgh
World:India:State of Madhya Pradesh
Latitude 22.3667 Longitude 74.7667
Input by: tmciolek Apr 2, 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 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Bagh monastery, IN.

General location of the Bagh monastery, IN.
lat=22.3667 long=74.7667
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=22.3667,74.7667&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Bgh monastery - Huntington & Chandrasekhar (2000:57)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Madhya Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

  • Valkha

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Hinayana, followed by Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 5th - 6th Centuries, possibly the late 4th century - Ahir (2003:170)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0367-99p 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p - tmciolek 23 Dec 2012
  • 0367-99p 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p dated-e

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Archaeology and epigraphy.

16. Additional notes

  • About 30 cells for monks - Ahir (2003:170)

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

  • [missing data]

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