Magathana monastery, (near) Borivli, Maharashtra, IN

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Located 6 km sw of Kanheri [It should read, in fact, 7 miles NW of Kanheri - tmciolek, 18 Nov 2009]. Mentioned as Magalathana in a Kanheri inscription. An existing temple has been built out of the materials from the monastery. Loose finds in the vicinity have been dated to the sixth-seventh centuries. There are also rock-cut caves in the vicinity.
See See Himanshu P. Ray, Monastery and guild: Commerce under the Satavahanas (Delhi: Oxford university Press: 1986), 62.
Src: India
Input by: Stewart Gordon, Sep 14, 2009

"The Kanheri Kondivti and Magathana caves show that, from the first century before to the eighth century after Christ, Salsette was a great Buddhist centre, and the remains at Lonad in Bhiwndi, at Karanja and Ambivli near Karjat, and at Kondane at the foot of the Bor pass, show that during most of that time Buddhist monasteries commanded the main lines of traffic between Thana and the Deccan."

"Magathana Caves - Two miles south by east from Montpezir are the caves of Magathana, which are in a most decayed state, and the entrance over- grown with thick bushes. […]." Eastwick (1881:158)

"Montpezir Cave - About two miles north-by-west from the caves of Magatanie."

"Jogeshwar Cave - Six miles to the south of Magathana Caves is that of Jogeshwar, which is two miles N.E. of the village of Jogeshwar, and this again is eight miles to the N. of Mahim, the town at the N.W. point of the island of Bombay." Eastwick (1881:158-159)

"Kenery Caves - About nine miles east-south-east from Montpezir are the more celebrated caves of Kenery, called by Hamilton and some of its earlier visitors the City of Canorin." Asiatic Society of Bombay (1819:49).

Montpezir, Montpessar, Montpezier, Monpacer,

Montpezir (Salsette island, near Bombay)

[The above data place the Magathana site 6 miles N. of Jogeshwar monastery (Approx. Lat=19.17 Long=72.8500) and 7 miles NW of Kanheri monastery (Approx. Lat=19.207 Long=72.9072) - tmciolek, 18 Nov 2009]

tmciolek, 16 Nov 2009.

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 20 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 Magathana monastery, IN.

General location of the Magathana monastery, IN.
lat=19.27 long=72.8120
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=19.27,72.8120&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Magathana monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Maharashtra

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 19.27 Long 72.8120 - est. from by tmciolek, 18 Nov 2009.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 - tmciolek 20 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 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag: 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p - tmciolek 20 Sep 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • Mentioned in several Kanheri inscriptions

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Inscriptions. sutface finds. no archaeological excavation

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

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

  • [missing data]

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