Bhallar monastery, (near) Taxila, Punjab, PK

Raw data

139-017 Buddhist remains around Bhallar stupa, Punjab, Pakistan

References to Bhallar monastery (Samad 2011, pp. 110, 152, 161)

Situated on the hills, northern bank of Haro river, near Usman Khattar village - Samad (2011:110)

Usman Khattar Lat 33.7944 Long 72.8236

"Bhallar stupa is situated on a route from Mechanical complex to Haripur, having a commanding position on the top of the Sarada Hill, a little beyond the Haro River. This is the tallest stupa in Taxila.
This was visited by the Chinese pilgrims, Fa Hien [= Faxien] and Hiuen Tsang [=Xuanzang], and they identify it with the spot where Buddha offered his head. This was built in the "medieval period" i.e. post-Hun period. It consists of a tall stupa, surrounded by votive stupas, other shrines and a monastery. 
Here the Buddhist monk Kumaralabha [= Kumaralata] composed his treatise. The main stupa, which is broken on the northern face, stood on a lofty oblong base, approached by a fight of steps on the east. It consists of a plinth base, a drum, a dome and originally umbrellas. The drum is divided into six or seven tiers and divided into six or seven tiers and is decorated with Corinthian pilasters, freezes and dental cornices." -,262,0,0,1,0 (citing Dani 1999-2004, Chpt IX,

Input by: tmciolek, July 13, 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 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Bhallar monastery, PK.

General location of the Bhallar monastery, PK.
Lat 33.8135 Long 72.8254
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20PK)&ll=33.8135,72.8254&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan: Punjab

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 33.8135 Long 72.8254 - based on the visual identification of the site in satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 19 Jul 2012.

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

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

  • Taxila Ruins of Sirkup, approx., Lat 33.755 Long 72.829 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps, - tmciolek, 13 Jul 2012.

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 0200-32p 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99p dated-x - tmciolek 27 Dec 2012

13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, architectural

16. Additional notes

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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