Chudamani monastery, (in) Nagappattinam, Tamil Nadu, IN

Raw data

"Chudamani Vihara was a Buddhist vihara monastery in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India. Chudamani Vihara was constructed in 1006 CE[1…] by the Srivijayan king Sri Vijaya Soolamanivarman with the patronage of Rajaraja Chola.[2…][3…] The vihara building survived in dilapidated condition till 1867, when Jesuit missionaries demolished it. Since 1856, about 350 Buddha bronzes have been found […]"

"The heritage of Nagapattinam is mentioned in the Burmese historical text of 3rd century B.C. which mentions of a Buddha Vihar built by the great Ashoka. The Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang [= Xuanzang] also mentioned the vihar. Nagappattinam is mentioned as Padarithitha in the ancient Buddhist literature.[citation needed]
The Animangalam Copperplate of Kulothunga Chola I mentions that that Kasiba Thera (Buddhist Monk) renovated the Buddhist shrine in 6th century AD with the help of monks of "Naganadu" (Nagapattinam). The Pallava King Rajasimha (690–728) permitted a Chinese king to build Buddha vihar in Nagappattinam.[4]
According to the copperplate record of Chola king Rajaraja, the Sailendra king, Sri Mara-vijayottunga-varman constructed the vihara with the support of Rajaraja."

Input by: tmciolek, Sep 3, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 13 Jan 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 Chudamani monastery, IN.

General location of the Chudamani monastery, IN.
lat= 10.7667 long=79.8333
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=10.7667,79.8333&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Chudamani monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Tamil Nadu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 13 Jan 2013
  • <=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

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 13 Jan 2013

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

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

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