Bedsa monastery, (near) Khamshet, Maharashtra, IN

Raw data

This group of 12 caves is located 7 km from Kamshet, off the Bombay-Poona road. They were excavated in the 2nd century and were Hinayana. They were re-occupied in the 7th century and were re-decorated in the Mahayana style. One of the caves is a large monastery.

See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.190.
Src: IN
Input by: SG Mar 31, 2009

"Bedsa Caves
These caves are located on Mumbai Pune road near Kamshet, between Kadde and Bedsa. They can be reached by bus or a truck hired from Kamshet. These caves are as big as Karla Caves but as they are located on a side off the main road there is not much tourist traffic here."

Khamshet, India Page
World:India:State of Maharashtra
Lat 18.7500 Long 73.5500
Input by: tmciolek Apr 2, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 27 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 Bedsa monastery, IN.

General location of the Bedsa monastery, IN.
lat=18.7500 long=73.5500
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=18.7500,73.5500&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Bedsa 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

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

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Hinayana, later Mahayana.

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • c. 100 - 200 CE
  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 27 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-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • c. 500 - 600 CE
  • MBM chrono-tag 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p - tmciolek 27 Dec 2012

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

  • A group of 12 caves - Ahir (2003:190)
  • Distinct architectural styles suggest a period between the Hinayana phase and the Mahayana phase when the site was unoccupied.

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

  • [missing data]

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