Kesharaipur monastery, (near) Dhanmandal, Orissa, IN

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"An ancient statue of Gautama Buddha and remains of a Budhha Vihar (monastery) have been unearthed from Kesharaipur-Hatikhol village in the vicinity of world famous Lalitgiri Buddhist site in Odisha's Jajpur district." -

“Ancient Buddha idol, monastery unearthed in Jajpur - Workers came across the articles while digging the land for a drain there three days ago, said noted Buddhist researcher Harischandra Prusty. A meditating Buddha idol, made probably during post Gupta period, and earthen items like bowls, spout jars and broken potteries were found from the spot. "The unearthed stone image is called Bhurisapta Padmapani, an incarnation of Lord Buddha. The idol is made of Khondolite stone and its height and width is 3 feet 2 inches and 2 feet 1 inch respectively. While one of its hands is seen in blessings giving posture, another hand holds a lotus. Both the wrists bear bungles and armlets in the arms," said Prusty. In addition to the Buddha image, a monastery has been discovered on the foot of Kesharaipur-Hatikhol hill. "The monastery is 30 x 30 metres size. There are four rooms each measuring 10 feet x 9 feet each. It is made of good size stones. The Buddhist monastery has been probably built in the eighth century.”
Business Standard-beta, Press Trust of India, Jajpur (Odisha) September 6, 2012
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 01, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 01 Apr 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 Kesharaipur monastery, IN.

General location of the Kesharaipur monastery, IN.
Lat 20.59404 Long 86.26399
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=20.59404,86.26399&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kesharaipur monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Orissa

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

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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

  • MBM chrono-tag 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p - tmciolek 1 Apr 2013
  • 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p dated-e

12. Date-intermediate

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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

  • Archaeological

16. Additional notes

  • The monastery four rooms each measuring 10 feet x 9 feet each. - ancient-buddha-idol-monastery-unearthed-in-jajpur-112090600319_1.html
  • Assuming 8 monks per room (= two sleeping spaces along each of the four walls), the monastery could have had 30-32 resident monks - tmciolek, Apr 2013.

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18. Available Printed Literature

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