Ghatotkach monastery, (near) Jinjala, Maharashtra, IN

Raw data

This site is 18 km west of Ajanta, near the village of Jinjala (Maharashtra). Three caves are of the 6th century Mahayana period. Two monastery caves might have housed 30 monks.

See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.191
Src: IN
Input by: SG Mar 31, 2009

Geographic location: On the Indhrai ridge of the Satmala range, near Jinjalan 18 km to the west of Ajanta.
Cave Type: Mahayan
Total No. of Caves: 2
Period: 500 B.C.- 600 B.C. [Presumably, an error. The value meant to be 600AD - tmciolek]
Attractions: A vihar with 20 pillars with a huge passage inside & 10 small rooms. Buddha idols in various poses & a carved inscription of Varah."

"Under the Chalukyas, probably during the sixth century, were cut the handsome rock temples of Ghatotkach near Jinjala, nine miles from Ajanta. [ Fergusson and Burgess' Cave Temples, 346-347.]"

The Google Earth est. for the Ghatotkach site - lat 20.565450∞ long 75.610512∞ (tmciolek, 1 Apr 2009)

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 02 Apr 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 Ghatotkach monastery, IN.

General location of the Ghatotkach monastery, IN.
lat=20.565450 long=75.610512
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=20.565450,75.610512&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Ghatotkach monastery - Ahir (2003:1991)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: State of Maharashtra

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 20.565450 Long 75.610512 (coords est. from Google Earth, tmciolek, 1 Apr 2009)

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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 20.565450 Long 75.610512 (coords est. from Google Earth, tmciolek, 1 Apr 2009)

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana - Ahir (2003:191)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 2 Apr 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 0600-32p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 0600-32p - tmciolek 2 Apr 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

  • Two monastery caves might have housed 30 monks - Ahir (2003:191)

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

  • [missing data]

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