Bimaran monastery, (near) Bandeh-ye Bimaran, Velayat-e Nangarhar, AF

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"Charles Masson’s sketch of the Buddhist stupa no. 2 at Bimaran, in the Darunta district, west of Jalalabad."

"The Bimaran casket is a small gold reliquary for Buddhist relics that was found inside the stupa no.2 at Bimaran, near Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.
When it was found by the archaeologist Charles Masson during his work in Afghanistan between 1833 and 1838, the casket contained coins of the Indo-Scythian king Azes II, suggesting a date around 30 BCE to around 10 BCE. It is also sometimes dated to a slightly posterior date of 50 CE, based on a redeposition theory, and sometimes much later (2nd century CE), based on artistic assumptions."

"024. Bimaran
Laghman Province. 11 kilometers west of Jalalabad at the foot of the Siah Kuh on the Darunta Plain.
Dates: Indo-Parthian, 1st century AD (numismatic, stylistic evidence);
           Kushan, 1st-2nd century AD (numismatic, stylistic)
Remains of four major stupas and at least two groups of votive stupas. The first is 38.40 meters in circumference and in very dilapidated condition. It has a decorative frieze of blind arches and pilasters, and inside was a steatite vase and cover, both with kharoshthi inscriptions, containing jewellery, coins and a gold reliquary inset with rubies, depicting scenes of Buddha. This precious object, known as the Bimaran Casket, is now at the British Museum in London.
The second stupa, 43.90 meters in circumference, lies in the center of the village. It stands on a square platform and contained a steatite vase, jewelery, gold ornaments and coins. The third is 33 meters in circumference and is surrounded by many mounds and two parallel lines of votive stupas. Inside was a silver reliquary jewels and coins. The fourth is 43.9 meters in circumference and is surrounded by extensive building debris. It contained nothing. In addition to the stupas there is a complex of six artificial caves in the foothills to the north. […]
Latitude 34.466667° N Longitude 70.350000° E"
- DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#024 Bimaran)

Bandeh-ye Bimaran, Afghanistan Page
Other names: Bandeh-ye Bīmārān,Banda-i-Bemaran,Bandaii-Bemaran,Bānda-i-Bēmāṟān
World:Afghanistan:Velayat-e Nangarhar
Lat 34.4592 Long 70.3478

Jalalabad, Afghanistan Page

Other names: Djelalabad,Dzhelalabad,Jalālābād,Jalakot,Jalal-Kut,Tarun City,Jalālkot,Jelalabad,Jalalkot,Jalalkoat
World:Afghanistan:Velayat-e Nangarhar
Lat 34.4261 Long 70.4514

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 25, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 29 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 Bimaran monastery, AF.

General location of the Bimaran monastery, AF.
Lat 34.4592 Long 70.3478
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2010.

Google Map link:,%20AF)&ll=34.4592,70.3478&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Bimaran monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Afghanistan:Velayat-e Nangarhar

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

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 29 Dec 2012
  • <=0200 dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • It is sometimes dated to 50 CE, "based on a redeposition theory, and sometimes much later (2nd century CE), based on artistic assumptions."


  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 29 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

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16. Additional notes

  • A complex of 6 artificial caves in the foothills to the north of the stupas - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#024 Bimaran)

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

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