Kampilya monastery, (near) Kampil, Uttar Pradesh, IN

Raw data

This monastery is known only from two copper plate grants, dating respectively from 867 AD and 884 AD. They record grants of villages for the upkeep of this monastery by two Rashtrakuta kings. The site is archaeologically unexplored but located near the village of Kampiya on the bank of the Madvapi River in the Kantarangarama Division of Gujarat. See Ahir, p. 113.
Src: IN
Input by: SG February 27 2009

"Kampilya (skt): Name of a solitary placed named Kampilya in west India, near Navasari. A copper plate inscription of the Rastrakuta king, Dantivarman of Gujarat, dated 865, records that, after bathing in the river Puravi, now Purna river in the Surat district, at the request of a monk, the king donated lands for the Kampilya vihara, where there lived five hundred monks of the Sangha of Sindhu Desa. Another inscription of the Rastrakuta king, Dharavarsa, records a similar grant to the same monastery in 884 A.D. It seems that the Buddhist community migrated from Sindh, presumably for fear of the Muslims and founded a vihara at Kampilya which was already known as a sacred place."

"Liberal grants from the Rashtrakuta rulers, Dantidurga and Dhruva II, to the mahavihara at Kampilya in Saurashtra (modern-day Gujarat) are mentioned in inscriptions."

"The intuitions of General Alexander Cunningham (1878) and the further investigations of Dr B B Lal (1955), Dr V N Misra (1961) and Professor K K Sinha identified the location of Kampilya in the surrounding area of the present day Kampil village, in the district of Farrukhabad, in the mid-Ganges Valley." (Filippi 2002)

Input by: tmciolek Dec 13 2009

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 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kampilya monastery, IN.

General location of the Kampilya monastery, IN.
Lat 27.6167 Long 79.2833
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kampilya monastery - Ahir (2003:113)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Uttar Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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

  • Kampiya - Ahir (2003:113)

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

  • Active in 867 AD and 884 AD - Ahir (2003:113)
  • MBM chrono-tag: 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32p - tmciolek 03 Jun 2013
  • 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32p dated-x

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

  • Inscriptions, archaeological

16. Additional notes

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

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