Kunala monastery, (near) Taxila, Punjab, PK

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"Kunala Buddhist Stupa and Monastery : Kunala Stupa is believed to have been built on the spot where Emperor Asoka’s son was blinded. The stupa assumed importance as a pilgrimage for the blind, and today Taxila has one of the best eye hospitals in the country."

"We leave behind Bhir excavation and follow the road east-word, cross the Tamra-nala, and reach the site of Dharamarajika Stupa – the oldest Buddhist monument in Taxila. We can as well follow the river to Hathial Range, or come vice-versa. On the Hathial Range we have more stupas and monasteries around Uttararama (Northern Monastery).
At the stop of Hathial Range there are remains of a Buddhist stupa and a monastery associated later with the name of prince Kunala, son of Asoka. The remains lie on a small rocky eminence well inside the city wall. A third monastery, located at a still higher elevation, is remembered as Hathial monastery. More structures are located on the still lower elevation with the Maha structures continued right upto the foot of the Range. The fortification wall of the Sirkap City over this southern ridge appears to be of later period. However, all these constructions can be associated with Uttararam."
http://www.world66.com/asia/southasia/pakistan/taxila/history citing (http://www.heritage.gov.pk/html_Pages/chapter-IX.htm)

Input by: tmciolek, July 13, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 08 Sep 2013

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 Kunala monastery, PK.

General location of the Kunala monastery, PK.
lat=33.75040 long=72.83064
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan: Punjab

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 33.75040 Long 72.83064 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps and satellite imagery in http://maps.google.com/, tmciolek, 21 Jul 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

  • Taxila Ruins of Sirkup, approx., Lat 33.755 Long 72.829 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps, http://maps.google.com/ - tmciolek, 13 Jul 2012.

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 08 Sep 2013
<=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

  • archaeological, architectural

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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