Kondapur monastery, (near) Sadaseopet, Telangana, IN

Raw data

This site is located 43 miles from Hyderabad on the road to Bidar in Andhra Pradesh, India. A single find of a gold coin of the first king of the Satavahanas has pushed the date, at least tentatively, back to 236 BCE. The site consisted (in the early 1980's) of several large mounds, only one excavated. The site has yielded 1835 coins, in addition to beads, seals and ornaments from the vaults below ground, in addition to several hundred terra cotta figurines. All these finds suggest a Theravada site. There is evidence of on-site metallurgy. No accurate dating of the the two small viharas is possible, but first century CE is a guess based on the coin hordes.
P. R. Ramchandra, Andhra Sculpture (Hyderabad: Akshara, 1981) 75-76.
Input by: Stewart Gordon 11 April 2015

"Historical site discovered at Kondapur
M. Malleswara Rao, January 12, 2008, The Hindu.
The 25-ft mound across 100 acres likely to be a Buddhist stupa
ASI dates the site from 200 BC- 200 AD, excavation planned in April [2008]
Upper strata of the mound reveals 2000 coins, ornaments, terracotta, etc.
HYDERABAD: Historians have discovered a 25-ft high mound spread over 100 acres at Kondapur in Medak district which they presume to be a Buddhist stupa with myriad segments throwing light on the Buddhist link of the present Telangana region.
The Archaeological Survey of India has decided to excavate the site-dating to 200 BC- 200 AD.[…]
Historians led by D. Jithendra Das, superintending archaeologist, ASI, Hyderabad Circle, who inspected the mound recently, found it to be “extremely fruitful” […]
The historians’ team is of the view that ancient Kondapur city was larger than Amaravathi skirted by a mud-fort.
[…] Several structural remains have already been identified, some of them belonging to Chaitya halls/monasteries."
Input by: tmciolek 14 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 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kondapur monastery, IN.

General location of the Kondapur monastery, IN.
Lat 17.559307 Long 78.011449
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2014.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kondapur monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: Telangana

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Kondapur is located at Lat 17.5614 Long 78.0111 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kondapur,_Medak
  • Approx. Lat 17.559307 Long 78.011449 - based on coordinates of an arbitrary point in the village of Kondapur in satellite imagery, maps.google.com - 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

  • Theravada - Ramchandra (1981:75-76)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) dates the site from 200 BC- 200 AD

MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 - tmciolek 22 Jul 2015
MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 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

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16. Additional notes

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

  • P. R. Ramchandra, Andhra Sculpture (Hyderabad: Akshara, 1981). This book includes references to the original find reports.
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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