Kapotika monastery, (near) Waris Aliganj, Bihar, IN

Raw data

Kapotika Samgharama. Lit. Pigeon Monastery.
A famous monastery of the Sarvastivada school. Said to be in Kashmir. Src: Muller (1995a-present)
[Muller errs in relation to the monastery's location in Kashmir - see below, tmc 15 Apr 2009 ]
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 27 2009

"Huien Tsiang […] However, another Buddhist establishment that he visited and which had also been built by a Sri Lankan king is less well known. Concerning this place he wrote, "To the south (of the Kapotika Vihara near Rajagaha, i.e. modern Rajgir) is a solitary hill which is of great height and which is covered with forest and jungle. Beautiful flowers and springs of pure water cover its sides and flow through its hollows. On the hill are many viharas and shrines, sculptured with the highest art. In the exact middle of the main vihara is a statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Although it is of small size yet its spiritual appearance is of an affecting character. In its hand it holds a lotus flower and on its head is a figure is of the Buddha."

"The village Dariyapur Parvati in the Nawada District situated six miles north of Warisaliganj. There are ruins and relic of Kapotika Bodh Bihar . In the centre stands a famous temple of Avalokiteshwer. King Aditaysen founded the historical monuments in the village Apsar that is visible even today. Kurkihar enjoyed its esteemed glory in the Pal dynasty."

Waris Aliganj, India Page
Other names: Waris Ariganj,Wāris Alīganj,Wāris Arīganj
World:India:Bihar State of
Latitude 25.0167 Longitude 85.6333

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 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 Kapotika monastery, IN.

General location of the Kapotika monastery, IN.
lat=25.0167 long=85.6333
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kapotika Monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: State of Bihar

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Pigeon Monastery - Muller (1995a-present)

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

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Sarvastivada school. Said to be in Kashmir. Src: Muller (1995a-present)

11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

  • Visited by Xuanzang
  • MBM chrono-tag 0600-32p 0633-66c 0667-99p - tmciolek 07 Jun 2013
  • 0600-32p 0633-66c 0667-99p 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

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16. Additional notes

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

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

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