Manikyala monastic cluster, (near) Mankiala Railway Station, Punjab, PK

Raw data

Manikyala (lat. 33 degrees 28 min. N. x 73 degrees 14 min. E. ) is located twenty miles southeast of Rawalpindi in Pakistan. It consists of fifteen isolated stupas with attached monasteries. Most of the stupas were looted in the nineteenth century and extensive trenches have destroyed much of their structure. Coins found in the Great Stupa suggest a first century CE date of construction with re-building in the eighth century. Another of the stupas contained an extensive horde of coins of the reign of Kanishka. Debala Mitra, Buddhist Monuments (Calcutta: M. Dutt Shishu Sahitya Samad, 1971), 128-130

Input by: Stewart Gordon 05 April 2015

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 23 May 2015

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 Manikyala monastic cluster, IN.

General location of the Manikyala monastic cluster, IN.
Lat 33.448079 Long 73.243362
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2014.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=33.448079,73.243362&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Manikyala monastic cluster

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan: Punjab

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 33.448079 Long 73.243362 - based on visual identification of the Mankiala Stupa in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 23 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

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8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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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

  • Debala Mitra, Buddhist Monuments (Calcutta: M. Dutt Shishu Sahitya Samad, 1971), 128-130
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
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