Mahād monastery, (near) Mahad, Maharashtra, IN

Raw data

The site consists of 31 caves, located near Mahad, which is 205 km south of Bombay on the Bombay-Goa Highway. The caves belong to the first century BCE. Later Mahayana monks occupied the site (6th - 9th centuries). Useful inscriptions include the donation of a farm for the maintenance of the monks.
See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.198.
Src: IN
Input by: SG, Apr 1, 2009

Mahad, India Page
Other names: Mahād
World:India:State of Maharashtra
Latitude 18.0833 Longitude 73.4167

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 01 Oct 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 Mahad monastery, IN.

General location of the Mahad monastery, IN.
lat=18.0833 long=73.4167
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=18.0833,73.4167&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Mahād monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Maharashtra

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana - Ahir (2003:198).

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 100 and later BC - Ahir (2003:198).

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 01 Oct 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 0800-32p 0833-66p 0867-99p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • 500s AD - Ahir (2003:198).

13. Date-late

  • 800s AD - Ahir (2003:198).

MBM chrono-tag 0800-32p 0833-66p 0867-99p - tmciolek 01 Oct 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, inscriptions

16. Additional notes

  • 31 caves

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

  • [missing data]

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