Dharmrajeshwar monastery, (near) Chandwasa, Madhya Pradesh, IN

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"The monastery of Dharmrajeshwar and its monolithic Shiva temple are very much in tune with the Ellora complex of Buddhist monastery and Hindu- Jain temples. The experts believe that the temple and the monastery are of the same period when the Rashtrakuta kings were commissioning famous monolithic temples of Ellora.
The Dharmrajeshwar monastery is situated at the Chandwasa village, on the border of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It may be reached by road after alighting at any of the stations; Shamgarh, Bhawanimandi or Ramganjmandi. […]
DHARMRAJESHWAR - The back- water of Gandhisagar dam washes the backyards of the village Chandwasa. […]
The historians believe that the rock-cut monastery and the brahmanical Dharmrajeshwar temple belong to 7th-9th century AD. It is approximately the same time when the Rashtrakutas commissioned the monolithic temples at Ellora. The architectural similarity is fascinating. The southern and western rock-face has a well planned monastery with more than 70 living quarters, pavilions, meditation halls, stupas and images of Lord Buddha and his disciples. In a large prayer hall a floor to roof stupa stands in the center of the hall with enough space on all sides for circumambulation. A large relief image of Lord Buddha stands at the entrance of a pavilion. Lord is bestowing blessings on the humanity. Nearby an image of Kuber, the god of wealth and equally important in brahmanical and Buddhist iconography stands guard to the inner quarters. In a passage carved within the hillock, we see a chiseled image of Lord Buddha in reclining pose ( Nirvan Buddha) with his disciples standing and watching the Lord attaining Nirvan.
A sacred medallion with a relief image of a stupa adorns all the gates and doors of the monastery. Small rock- cut stupas are scattered all over the place. The rain water harvesting and collecting system for the monastery is a marvel of engineering."

Chandwasa, India Page
Other names: Chandwāsa
World:India:State of Madhya Pradesh
Lat 24.2000 Long 75.4667

Input by: tmciolek, Jun 4, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 15 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 Dharmrajeshwar monastery, IN.

General location of the Dharmrajeshwar monastery, IN.
Lat 24.2000 Long 75.4667
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2010.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Dharmrajeshwar monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Madhya Pradesh

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: 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p 0800-32p 0833-66p 0867-99p - tmciolek 15 Jan 2013
  • 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p 0800-32p 0833-66p 0867-99p dated-e

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

  • Archaeological

16. Additional notes

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