Kondana monastery, (near) Karjat, Maharashtra, IN

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The site has 16 caves and an assembly hall. It is located at the small village of Kodane, 33 km north of Lonavala and 16 km. northwest of Karla [Note: these directions and distances are not correct. Karjat, in fact, is situated 17 km NW of Lonvala, and 25 km NW of Karla, respectively - tmciolek, 17 Jun 2010]. Tthe caves are the simple 1st century BCE style.
Src: IN
Input by: SG Apr 1, 2009

"Kondhane Caves are ancient Buddhist caves of 200 B. C. period. The Caves consist of Chaitya Gruh (the main Chaitya Hall) and Viharas (rooms for Biddhist Monks). All are carved out in the rock. […]
The main approach to this monument is from Karjat Railway Station (on the Mumbai - Pune Railway route. From Karjat there is an all weather road upto village Kondhane. From Kondhane one has to climb up the hill (about 3 k.m.) to reach Kondhane Caves."

"Kondana Caves situated in Karjat offers the ancient lifestyle of Buddhist followers. Ancient rock-cut caves, Kondana Caves are very famous Buddhist caves. These caves enclose sculptures, vihara, cahitya and stupa. Sculptures and stupas are specimens of the ancient period Buddhist architecture. There was a natural disaster in the form of an earth quake in early 1900 by which many stupas, front entrance and floor of the caves were damaged."

Karjat, India Page
World:India:State of Maharashtra
Lat 18.9167 Long 73.3333

Input by: tmciolek Jun 17, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 06 Sep 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 Kondana monastery, IN.

General location of the Kondana monastery, IN.
Lat 18.9200 Long 73.3150
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Maharashtra

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 18.9200 Long 73.3150 - est. from the coords of Karjat and the nearby hill, east of the village, using terran map from maps.google.com - tmciolek, 17 Jun 2010.

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 <=0200 - tmciolek 06 Sep 2013
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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

  • 16 caves

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

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