Kushinara monastery, (near) Kasia, Uttar Pradesh, IN

Raw data

The site is located "3 kms south-west of the town of Kasia in district Deoria, (U.P.). Here the Buddha died. It received relics after his cremation and there was likely a monastery built there soon after. Ashoka erected a pillar there in 250 BCE. Both Fa hien (406 CE) and Xuanzang (637 CE record monasteries on the site. Donative inscriptions show the site was active until the 12th century. The site has been re-occupied and somewhat restored by Buddhist monks in the 20th century.

See See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.267-271.
Src: IN
Input by: SG, Apr 6, 2009

"Kushinagar, Kusinagar or Kusinara (26.45 N,83.24E) is a town and a nagar panchayat in Kushinagar district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Gautama Buddha died."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushinagar (I am positive that these Wikipedia's coordinates are INCORRECT - tmciolek, 14 May 2009)

Kasia, India Page
World:India:State of Uttar Pradesh
Lat 26.7456 Long 83.9197

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 13 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 Kushinara monastery, IN.

General location of the Kushinara monastery, IN.
Lat 26.7400 Long 83.8910
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kushinara monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Uttar Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 26.7400 Long 83.8910 - based on visual indentification of the town Kushinagara in maps.google.com - tmc, 18 Jun 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • [missing data]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • The place had a monastery soon after Buddha's death - Ahir (2003:267-271)

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 13 Sep 2013
<=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32p 1133-66p 1167-99p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • Was visited by Fa-hien in 406 AD and Xuanzang in 637 AD - Ahir (2003:267-271)

13. Date-late

  • 1100s AD - Ahir (2003:267-271)

MBM chrono-tag 1100-32p 1133-66p 1167-99p - tmciolek 13 Sep 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • pilgrimage account, archaeological

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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