Fua Mulaku monastery, (on) Fuvahmulah Is., Dhekunu, MV

Raw data

"Fua Mulaku Havitta (historically referred as Dhadimagi Havitta) is an ancient ruin of a Buddhist chaitya whose main feature is a ruined stupa[1]. The Havitta is located at the northern end of Fuvahmulah, Maldives in the area of the historical boundaries of Dhadimago ward of the island. Starting from the late 1980-1990s, the area is claimed by Hoadhado ward. Today, its actual shape has been lost because of the damage done by careless diggings to find valuable artifacts or for bungled research purposes[2]. The ruin is about 40 feet in height and it looks like a small hill. A smaller mound, about 15 feet in height, is located near the Havitta. […]"

"Havitta is a name used to refer the ancient Buddhist stupas in Maldives. The word Haviita is believed to have some affinities with the Sanskrit word Caitya used to refer Buddhist sacred places.[1][2] Some of the famous Havittas in Maldives include Fua Mulaku Havitta and Vādū Havitta."

"Fuvahmulah […] is an island (atoll) in the Maldives. It is under Maldive administrative divisions of Gnaviyani Atoll or Nyaviyani Atoll.
Lat 0.279167, Long 73.408333

Maldives - administrative subdivisions
Input by: tmciolek, Sep 18, 2012

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 200m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Fua Mulaku monastery, MV.

General location of the Fua Mulaku monastery, MV.
Lat -0.27846 Long 73.41726
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

Google Map link:


Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Fua Mulaku monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Maldives:Dhekunu, Fuvahmulah Island

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat -0.27846 Long 73.41726 - based on the visual identification of the most likely spot with the monastery's ruins on the northern tip of the Fuvahmulah island - tmciolek, 18 Sep 2012.

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

  • [missing data]

8. The settlement's coordinates

  • Approx., Lat -0.2884, Long 73.4269 - based on the visual identification of the Fuvahmulah island in maps.google.com - tmciolek, 18 Sep 2012.
  • Approx., Lat 0.279167, Long 73.408333 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuvahmulah,_Maldives [ERROR - the latitude coordinates should be negative - tmciolek, 18 Sep 2012]

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana - O'Shea (1998-2009)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • [missing data]

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1067-99p 1100-32p 1133-66c - tmciolek 14 Jan 2013
  • 1067-99p 1100-32p 1133-66c dated-l

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

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

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

  • [missing data]

18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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