Kālsī monastic cluster, (towards) Chakrata, Uttarakhand, IN

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Kalsi is a current-day village on the Jumna about 80 km. north from Delhi. I have not been able to locate it. Xuanzang observed in this immediate region five monasteries, all Hinayana, with a total of about 1000 monks. See O.C. Handa, Buddhist Art and Antiquities of Himachal Pradesh. Handa found much archaeological evidence of competing Hindu sects and no remaining evidence of Buddhism.
(New Delhi: Indus Publishing company, 1994) pp. 152-153.
Src: India
Input by: SG Jan 21 2009

Kalsi, India Page
Other names: Kālsī
World:India:Himachal Pradesh
Lat 30.5333 Long 77.8333

"If you are driving down from Dehradun towards the hill-station of Chakrata in the new state of Uttaranchal, as you get close to the hills you will pass a small village named Kalsi. There is a cluster of shops on the main road. Ask the shopkeepers where the "old rock" is, and they will give you directions. […] The Kalsi rock has on it a set of 14 edicts or inscriptions of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka who ruled from 269-232 B.C..:
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 3 2009

Chakrata, India Page
Other names: Chakrāta
World:India:Himachal Pradesh
Lat 30.7000 Long 77.8500

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 03 Jun 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 Kalsi monastic cluster, India.

General location of the Kalsi monastic cluster, India.
lat=30.5333 long=77.8333
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Uttarakhand

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

  • Theravada (Src: India, Input by: SG Jan 21 2009)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 - tmciolek 03 Jun 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 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • 630 CE
  • MBM chrono-tag: 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99p - tmciolek 03 Jun 2013

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • pilgrimage account

16. Additional notes

  • Xuanzang's times - five monasteries, with a total of about 1,000 monks (Src: India, Input by: SG Jan 21 2009)

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

  • [missing data]

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