Dhamnār monastery, (in) Dhamnar, Rajasthan, IN

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" Dhamnar - Village in Indore State, Central India, situated in 24° 12' N. and 75° 30' E., of interest on account of the numerous old excavations, Buddhist and Brahmanical, which exist in a low hill of coarse laterite of a very friable description. The Buddhist excavations are situated at three points on the scarp of the hill, but only those on the southern face are of any importance. These consist of a series of rock-cut caves, some being dwelling-rooms and others viharas (monasteries) and chaitya halls (churches). There are fourteen caves of importance, of which the Bari Kacheri ('big courthouse') and Bhim's Bazar are the finest. The Bari Kacheri consists of a chaitya hall, 20 feet square, containing a stupa. It has a pillared portico, enclosed by a stone railing cut to imitate a wooden structure. Bhim's Bazar, the largest cave in the series, measuring 115 feet by 8o, is curious as being a combined vihara and chaitya hall. The roof has fallen in, but that of the chamber in which the stupa is situated was ribbed in imitation of wooden rafters. The remaining caves are smaller. One contains a recumbent figure of the dying Buddha; and figures of Buddha occur in other caves. The age of these constructions is put between the fifth and seventh centuries, a century or two earlier than those at Kholvi. […] A similar series of caves is situated at Poladongar near Garot, and others are found at Kholvi, Awar, and Benaiga in Jhalawar and at Hatigaon and Ramagaon in Tonk, all within a radius of 20 miles.
[A. Cunningham, Archaeological Survey of India, VOL ii, p. 270. Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume 11, page 283

"At Dhumnar [i.e. Dhamnar - tmc], about halfway between Kotah and Ujjain, are a series of about 60 or 70 caves,
cut in coarse laterite conglomerate. One is a chaitya cella, in the midst of a vihara; its date probably is the 6th century A.D." http://library.britishcouncil.org.in/IndiaCollections/CyclopediaOfIndiaVol1-C(Part2).pdf

Dhamnar, India Page
Other names: Dhamnār
World:India:State of Madhya Pradesh
Latitude 24.1833 Longitude 75.5000

Input by: tmciolek, Apr 13, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Jan 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 Dhamnar monastery, IN.

General location of the Dhamnar monastery, IN.
lat=24.1833 long=75.5000
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Dhamnār monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Rajasthan

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p - tmciolek 14 Jan 2013
  • 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c - tmciolek 14 Jan 2013
  • MBM chrono-tag 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p - tmciolek 14 Jan 2013

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

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

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

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