Dharmaranya monastery, (near) Vernag, Jammu and Kashmir, IN

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"In Vitastatra (Vethavutur) and at Shuskaletra (Hukhalitar) he [Ashoka] built a number of viharas and stupas. He [Ashoka] deputed Madhyantika for the propagation of Buddhism in Kashmir and Gandhara." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_in_Kashmir

"Vitastatra is today's ' Vyathavotur ' in Anantnag district." - Aima (1984).

"Dharmaranya vihara - Raja Asoka [Ashoka] built a vihara in the town Vitastatra [Vethavutur]" - Bakshi (1997:147)

"DHARMARANYAVIHARA: Raja Asoka built a Vihara in the town of Vitastatra, which was lofty and high. He also built a Stupa at Suskaletra. Both the towns have been identified as Vethavutur and Hukalitar, situated around the Verinag and Badgham. Some ancient relics were found at Verinag spring. At Hukalitar, a few statues of the Buddha were found." - http://fidahassnain.myasa.net/2010/12/buddhist-heritage-of-kashmir/

"Verinag […] is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is about 26 kilometers away from Anantnag and approximately 78 kilometeres south-east from Srinagar [….] 33.55, 75.25" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verinag

Input: tmciolek Jul 16 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 16 Jul 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 Dharmaranya monastery, IN.

General location of the Dharmaranya monastery, IN.
Lat 33.53506 Long 75.24944
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Dharmaranya monastery - Bakshi (1997:147)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Jammu and Kashmir

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 33.53506 Long 75.24944 - based on visual identification of the Verinag spring/ocatgonal pool site in maps/satellite & Panoramio imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 16 Jul 2013.

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

  • Founded by Ashoka - Bakshi (1997:147)

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 16 Jul 2013

12. Date-intermediate

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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

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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