Bhimche Baha monastery, (in) Patan, Bagmati Zone, NP

Raw data

Bhimche Baha, in Patan = "Buddh.vihara (peacock T.) 7.cent statues" - Gross (1999)
[i.e. his website The Monuments of Kathmandu Valley - Plans and Tables of the Monuments of its Principal Towns and Sites.]
Input by: tmciolek, 20 Nov 2009.

"The Bhimche Bahal or Mayuravarna Mahavihara is located a minute or two's walk north-east from the Sundhara (Golden Fountain). […] The heart of the spacious, well-maintained complex is a three-tiered pagoda, built in 1939, containing a religious symbol of Aksobhya. […]
Two sculptures are particularly noteworthy: a statue of a standing Buddha, with unmistakable Gupta-style features, making the visv vyakarana mudra; and a 7th or 8th c. figure of Padmapani Lokeshvara with Amitabha portrayed in his crown. Beside him stand the Arya Tara and the Bhrkuti Tara. Although unfortunately very worn, the image adds weight to the view that the bahal was founded in Licchavi times."
Input by: tmciolek, 28 Dec 2012

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 Bhimche Baha monastery, NP.

General location of the Bhimche Baha monastery, NP.
Lat 27.6667 Long 85.3333
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20NP)&ll=27.6667,85.3333&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Bhimche Baha monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Nepal:Bagmati Zone

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • Pathan monastic cluster

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

  • Mahayana?

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 7th century CE - Gross (1999)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p - tmciolek 28 Dec 2012
  • 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p 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 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

final data …

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 28 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Archaeological, art history.

16. Additional notes

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

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

  • [missing data]

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