Jogeshwar monastery, (near) Borivli, Maharashtra, IN

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"The Kanheri Kondivti and Magathana caves show that, from the first century before to the eighth century after Christ, Salsette was a great Buddhist centre, and the remains at Lonad in Bhiwndi, at Karanja and Ambivli near Karjat, and at Kondane at the foot of the Bor pass, show that during most of that time Buddhist monasteries commanded the main lines of traffic between Thana and the Deccan."

"Jogeshwar Cave.
— Six miles to the south of Magathana Caves is that of Jogeshwar. which is two miles N.E. of the village of Jogeshwar, and this again is eight miles to the N. of Mahim, the town at the N.W. point of the island of Bombay. The W. entrance is that now used; but the decorations on the E. side are more arefully executed, and the principal entrance was probably there. Over the sloping path that leads to the W. entrance, a natural arch is formed by the branches of a banyan tree, which, shooting across, have taken root on the other side, and render the approach singulai'ly picturesque. Eight steps lead down to a small ante-room, in which the figures are greatly decayed. A door leads into the great cave, and above this are two figures in the attitude in which Bdmah and Sitd are often represented. The great cave is 120 feet square, and 18 feet from the door are 20 pillars of the same order as at Elephanta, forming an inner square. Within, there is a chamber 24 feet square, with doors corresponding to each other on the four sides. This is a temple sacred to Mahddeo. On the walls are the vestiges of many figures. Over the door at the east entrance is a curious design of a monster, with the mouth of a hippopotamus, trunk of an elephant, and a dragon's tail, which appears to vomit forth a sculptured group, representing Kdmah and Sita, supported by RAvan. From this entrance two vestibules lead to three doorways, which again open into the great cave. Over the doorways are some curious designs, as, e.g. over the centre one a figure resembling Buddha, and on one side a hero leaning on a dwarf, who grasps in his hands two enormous snakes that are closely twined round his body. Adjoining the principal cave are several vihdras. […] Mr. Burgess thinks the date of this cave may be the latter half of the 8th century A.D." Eastwick (1881:158-159)

"Montpezir & Jogeshvari Caves
There are a small number of Hindu caves, one of which was converted into it Portuguese church, at Montpezir, near Borivli. The Jogeshvari Caves are near the Andheri station."

tmciolek, 16 Nov 2009.

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 29 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 Jogeshwar monastery, IN.

General location of the Jogeshwar monastery, IN.
lat=19.17 long=72.8500
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=19.17,72.8500&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Jogeshwar monastery - Eastwick (1881:158-159)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Maharashtra

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 19.121 Long 72.8500 -

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

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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

  • 750s AD onwards - Eastwick (1881:158-159)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0733-66p 0767-99c 0800-32p - tmciolek 29 Apr 2013
  • 0733-66p 0767-99c 0800-32p dated-e

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

  • archaeology

16. Additional notes

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

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