Bodh Gaya monastic cluster, (in) Bodh Gaya, Bihar, IN

Raw data

There are three Chinese accounts of Bodh Gaya, as well as existing inscriptions. Possibly in the fifth century (certainly before Hsuan Zang arrived in the seventh century) the king of Sri Lanka patronized the building of a monastery for Ceylonese pilgrims and monks close to the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya. This suggest an ongoing presence of Buddhists from Sri Lanka at the site. The inscriptional and textual evidence is summarized in Kanai L. Harza, Royal Patronage of Buddhism in Ancient India (Delhi: D.K. Publications, 1984) 211- 212. Xuanzang visited the site from March to September, 637 AD and observed 6 monasteries with 1000 monks, belonging to various schools.
Src: India
Input by: SG 18 Feb 2009

See also Mahabodhi

Bodh Gaya, India Page
Other names: Buddh Gaya,Buddha Gaya
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Lat 24.7000 Long 84.9833

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 27 Feb 2013

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 Bodh Gaya monastic cluster, IN.

General location of the Bodh Gaya monastic cluster, IN.
lat=24.7000 long=84.9833
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=24.7000,84.9833&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Bodh Gaya monastic cluster

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: State of Bihar

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

  • Theravada, Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 29 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 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • Xuanzang visited the site from March to September, 637 AD - SG 18 Feb 2009

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 29 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Archaeological, textual, art historical, inscriptional.

16. Additional notes

  • Established as a monastery for Ceylonese pilgrims and monks who visited Bodh Gaya.
  • This site has attracted pilgrims from all over the Buddhist world and still does. There are currently Japanese, Burmese, Tibetan, and Thai monasteries.
  • In 637 AD - 6 monasteries with 1000 monks

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

  • [missing data]

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