Gunaighar monastery, (towards) Comilla, Chittagong Division, BG

Raw data

Gunaighar is the name given to an ancient Buddhist monastery in present-day Bangladesh. The exact site is unknown, but a copper plate grant was found in Gunaighar (18 miles N.W. of Comilla in present-day Bangladesh. The grant is dated 507 CE and donates certain villages for the maintenance of a monastery in the Avalvarttika tradition (Mahayana), and mentions another nearby monastery, the Rajvihara. Debala Mitra, Buddhist Monuments (Calcutta: M.Dutt Shishu Sahitya Samsad, 1971), 244.
Input by: Stewart Gordon 05 April 2015

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 3 Jul 2015

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Gunaighar monastery, BG.

General location of the Gunaighar monastery, BG.
Lat 23.570745 Long 90.971992
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2014.

Google Map link:,%20BG)&ll=23.570745,90.971992&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Gunaighar monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Bangladesh: Chittagong Division

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 23.570745 Long 90.971992 - an arbitrary point at the crossroads of Padmakut Bazaar, a place approx. half-way between Uttar Gunaighar and Dakshin Gunaighar, - tmciolek, 20 May 2015.

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

  • Mahayana - Mitra 1971:244

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Avalvarttika - Mitra 1971:244

11. Date-early

  • [missing data]

MBM chrono-tag 0467-99p 0500-32c 0533-66p dated-x - tmciolek 3 Jul 2015

12. Date-intermediate

  • Copper plate grant found in Gunaighar (18 miles N.W. of Comilla) is dated 507 CE - M.Dutt 1971:244.

MBM chrono-tag 0500-32c - tmciolek 3 Jul 2015

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Epigraphical

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. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

  • Debala Mitra, Buddhist Monuments (Calcutta: M.Dutt Shishu Sahitya Samsad, 1971), 244.
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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