Kanum monastery, (towards) Kalpa, Uttarakhand, IN

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This site remains a Buddhist monastic site in a tiny isolated village in Himachal Predesh. It is located at 9600 feet in Kinnaur District. The site is 186 miles from Simla, 33 miles beyond Kalpa, the district headquarters. It is two miles off the Hindustan-Tibet highway. One of the temple complexes and one of the monasteries date back to the 11th century, the others are 12th century and later. The site is wholly Tibetan Buddhism. See Ahir, 2003, p.p. 125-26.
Src: IN
Input by: SG Feb 27 2009

Kalpa, India Page
Other names: Chīni, Chini
Latitude 31.5333 Longitude 78.2500

Acc. to Google Earth, a spot on the road 33 miles (along the road) N of Kalpa (31.5333, 78.2500 from www.fallingrain.com/world/IN/11/Kalpa.html) is situated at lat: 31.754116, long: 78.610518. On both sides of the road cultivated fields can be seen (hence, the presence of human settlements there is highly likely). - tmc, 3 Mar 2009.

"Kalpa is a small town located in the Sutlej River Valley, above Recong Peo in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Northern India, in the Indian Himalaya. Inhabited by Kinnauri people and famous for its apple orchards. Apples are a major cash-crop for the region. The local inhabitants follow a syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism, and many temples in Kalpa are dedicated to both Hindu and Buddhist gods & goddesses."
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 3, 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 Kanum monastery, India.

General location of the Kanum monastery, India.
lat=31.754116 long=78.610518
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kanum monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: State of Uttarakhand

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 31.754116 Long 78.610518 - an estimate of from the Google Earth data - tmciolek, 3 Mar 2009

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

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • One of the temple complexes and one of the monasteries date back to the 11th century, the others are 12th century and later. - Ahir (2003:125-26)
  • MBM chrono-tag: 1000-32p 1033-66p 1067-99p 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c - tmciolek 03 Jun 2013
  • 1000-32p 1033-66p 1067-99p 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • 2000 CE
  • MBM chrono-tag: 1200=> - tmciolek 03 Jun 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • textual, architectural

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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