Buddhavedu monastery, (towards) Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IN

Raw data

This site is a small village "13 miles from Chennai". Archaeologists have discovered a 10th century inscription and the remains of a monastery.

See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.245.
Input by: SG Apr 6, 2009

Chennai, India Page
Other names: Madras,Tamulinadu,Tamizhagam
World:India:State of Tamil Nadu
Latitude 13.0833 Longitude 80.2833
Input by: tmciolek Apr 8, 2009

"The village Buddhavedu (derivative of the Tamil word Buddha Vidu, village of the Buddha) is situated in the Kanchpiuram district of Tamil Nadu. [….]
The Chinese pilgrim monk Hieun Tsang who visited India in the 7th century A.D. records in his travel notes that the people of the area claimed that the Buddha visited this area and hence the village was called Buddha Vidu and now known as Buddhavedu. Further, Tamil Nadu history attests that the Buddha visited this area and preached the Dhamma. The Buddha statue excavated in this area, confirms that it belongs to the Chola - Pallava period of sculpture, and is of significant beauty and splendour. […]
The Buddhavedu Samadhi Buddha statue is seven kms from […] Egmore City, Chennai towards Kunratur city off Porur Junction."
Input by: tmciolek Jun 3, 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 Buddhavedu monastery, IN.

General location of the Buddhavedu monastery, IN.
lat=13.0333 long=80.1533
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Buddhavedu monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Tamil Nadu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., lat 13.0333 long 80.1533 - coords estimated as approx half-way point between Egmore City, Chennai and Kunratur using maps.google.com - tmciolek, 3 Jun 2010.

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

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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 0633-66c - tmciolek 29 Dec 2012
  • 0600-32p 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32p 0933-66p 0967-99p dated-xl

13. Date-late

  • 10th century CE - Ahir (2003:245)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0900-32p 0933-66p 0967-99p - tmciolek 29 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, inscriptional, pilgrim account

16. Additional notes

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

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

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