Kesanapalli monastery, (near) Kesanupalle, Andhra Pradesh, IN

Raw data

This site was discovered in the mid-1960's and is located next to the village of the same name, a mile from Dachepalli, 15 miles from Macherla on the Guntur Road in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is on the banks of the Naguleru River. The first phase was second or first century BCE, with an inscription ascribable to c. 300 CE. The only monastic evidence is two cells attached to the stupa. The style of the early remains closely resembles Amaravati. The inscription identifies donors as traders who belonged to the Bahusrutiya sect.

Ramchandra, P.R. 1981. Andhra Sculpture. Hyderabad: Akshara, 82-83

Input by: Stewart Gordon 11 April 2015

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 22 Jul 2015

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kesanapalli monastery, IN.

General location of the Kesanapalli monastery, IN.
Lat 16.579518 Long 79.735926
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2014.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=16.579518,79.735926&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kesanapalli monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: Andhra Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 16.579518 Long 79.735926 - based on visual identification of the Kesanapalli Buddhist Site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 22 May 2015.

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

11. Date-early

  • The first phase of the building is dated to second or first century BC - Ramchandra (1981:82-83)

MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 - tmciolek 22 Jul 2015
MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • An inscription ascribable to c. 300 CE - Ramchandra (1981:82-83)

MBM chrono-tag: 0300-32c - tmciolek 22 Jul 2015

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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