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

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The site of a large stupa, elaborate railings, and a major monastery. It is located next to the village of Bharhut located on the main highway between Bhilsa and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. The site is replete with important inscriptions that identify donors from as far away as Maharashtra. One carved panel shows the donation that built the main monastery. Excavation has located a monastery that dates from around 1000 CE. The site seems to have been in active use from about the third century BCE to the around 1200 CE.
See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.162.
Src: IN
Input by: SG , Mar 30, 2009

Bharhut, India Page
World:India:State of Madhya Pradesh
Latitude 23.5167 Longitude 80.9500
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 2, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 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 Bharhut monastery, IN.

General location of the Bharhut monastery, IN.
lat=23.5167 long=80.9500
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=23.5167,80.9500&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Bharhut monastery - Ahir (2003:162)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Madhya Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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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

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8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Theravada?

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • Third century BCE - Ahir (2003:162)
  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 28 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 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • 1000 CE - Ahir (2003:162)

13. Date-late

  • 1200 CE - Ahir (2003:162)
  • MBM chrono-tag 1167-99c - tmciolek 28 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, art historical ….

16. Additional notes

  • The famous Barhut stupa railings are Theravadan.

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

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