Bhabhru monastery, (near) Shahpura, Rajasthan, IN

Raw data

"Rajasthan has not been considered a very strong centre of Buddhism due to the relative paucity of archaeological finds. Nevertheless, a fresh insight into the existing evidence throws light upon the spread of Buddhism in the region in various evolutionary stages. On one hand, the highly developed monastery and Stupa from Bhabru and an elaborate monastic complex including an imposing rock-cut shrine display the existence of Buddhism as a strong force. On the other hand, the scattered sculptural minor or partially recovered artifacts point to a subdued yet persistent presence of Buddhism." Chaturvedi (2012:36)

World / India / Rajasthan / Shahpura
Coordinates: 27°20'45"N   76°2'53"E (= Lat 27.34583333 Long 76.04805556)

"The Bhabru edict was found at Bairath near Jaipur in Rajasthan. In this edict seven precepts of Buddhism have been given which Asoka liked most and he desired that the people should read them and make their conduct accordingly. This edict is preserved in Kolkata Museum."

KANT, Shashi. 2000. The Hathigumpha Inscription of Kharavela and the Bhabru Edict of Ashoka - A Critical Study. 2nd Revised Edition. New Delhi: D.K. Printworld. 10 Digit ISBN 8124601399 13 Digit ISBN 9788124601396

Input by: tmciolek, Sep 25, 2012

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 Bhabhru monastery, IN.

General location of the Bhabhru monastery, IN.
Lat 27.46585 Long 76.03282
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=27.46585,76.03282&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Bhabhru monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Rajasthan

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 27.46585 Long 76.03282 - based on possible visual identification of the ruins of foundations of a stupa (surrounded by a large monastic compound) in terrain maps & satellite imagery, Further investigation, possibly aided by the archaeologist who has worked in the area, is needed - tmciolek, 25 Sep 2012.
  • Bhabhru site - approx., Lat 27.4667 Long 76.0333 -

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

  • [missing data]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • [missing data]

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 0200-32p - tmciolek 27 Dec 2012
  • <=0200 0200-32p dated-x

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

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

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

  • 31 Oct 2012 - Dr Neekee Chaturvedi, Government P.G. College, Dausa, Rajasthan, India.

18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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