Itum Baha monastery, (in) Kathmandu, Bagmati Zone, NP

Raw data

Itum Baha in Kathmandu "one of oldest Buddh.vihara W. of 17 [= Akasha Bhairava temple, Kathmandu tmc ], fierce image moved 5 [= Mahakala-Bairava temple, Kathmandu - tmc], in yard 17.cent woodwork - Gross (1999) [i.e. his website The Monuments of Kathmandu Valley - Plans and Tables of the Monuments of its Principal Towns and Sites.]
Input by: tmciolek, 20 Nov 2009.

"Itum Bahal or Keshavacandra Mahavihara is one of the oldest of Kathmandu's Buddhist monasteries, founded in the 11th c. or even earlier. The torana above the entrance dates from the 16th c. […] In the middle of the courtyard are another shrine and a stupa encircled by four standing Buddhas. This unusual composition is thought to be from the 11th or 12th c. The ancient roof struts above the entrance, carved in the early Malla period (14th c.), are particularly admired." -
Input by: tmciolek, 28 Dec 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 Dec 2012

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Itum Baha monastery, NP.

General location of the Itum Baha monastery, NP.
lat=27.7073 long=85.3086
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20NP)&ll=27.7073,85.3086&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Itum Baha monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Nepal:Bagmati Zone

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 27.7073 Long 85.3086, est. from & a town-plan in Gross (1999) entitled "Architectural Monuments of Kathmandu." - tmciolek, 20 Nov 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

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana?

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • > * MBM chrono-tag 1000-32p 1033-66p 1067-99p - tmciolek 28 Dec 2012
  • 1000-32p 1033-66p 1067-99p 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 28 Dec 2012

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Archaeological, art history.

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]

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