Hansa monastery, (near) Bihar Sharif, Bihar, IN

Raw data

Hansa Samgharama. Lit. Wild Goose Monastery. Located on Mount Indrasailaguha [on the eastern peak of Mt. Indrasaila-guha in Magadha - tmciolek]. One of the famous five monasteries in India. Src: Muller (1995a-present)], whose inmates were once saved from starving by the self-sacrifice of a wild goose. Src: Eitel (1888:62)
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 27 2009

Magadha = today's town of Bihar - http://wikitravel.org/en/Bihar Mediaeval

Bihar Sharif, India Page
Other names: Bihār,Bihār Sharīf,Behar,Bihar
World:India:Bihar State of
Latitude 25.1833 Longitude 85.5167
Input by: tmciolek Apr 13 2009

NOTE: Deepak (2009) lists 4 alternative identifications of the hill called Indrasaila Guha.
Input by: tmciolek, Jun 9, 2010.

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 15 Apr 2013

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 Hansa monastery, IN.

General location of the Hansa monastery, IN.
lat=25.1833 long=85.5167
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Hansa monastery - Muller (1995a-present)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Bihar.

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Wild Goose Monastery - Muller (1995a-present)

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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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

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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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