Mingora monastery, (in) Mingaora, NWF Province, PK

Raw data

The Buddhist pilgrim Hsuan Zang crossed the Swat Valley around 630 AD. He observed that there were 1400 buddhist monasteries in the valley, but most of them were in ruins. He says that at previously there had been 18,000 monks but few remained in his day. The largest monastery, still active in Hsuan Zang's time was at Mingora, the largest city in Swat today.
Src: Pakistan
Input by: SG 18 Feb 2009

[烏仗那国] (Skt; Jpn Ujona-koku)
Also known as Uddiyana. A kingdom to the north of Gandhara in ancient India. It is thought to have been located in the region today known as Swat, the area of the Swat River valley in northwestern Pakistan. The capital of Udyana was at the site of present-day Mingaora, a town just east of the Swat River."
The Sokka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism

Input by: tmciolek 19 Feb 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 17 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 Mingora monastery, Pakistan.

General location of the Mingora monastery, Pakistan.
lat=34.7833 long=72.3667
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Mingora monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan:North-West Frontier Province

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

  • Theravada - Litvinskii et al. (1996:168)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

  • Visited by Xuanzang about 630 AD (Src: Pakistan Input by: SG 18 Feb 2009)

MBM chrono-tag 0567-99p 0600-32c 0633-66p - tmciolek 17 Sep 2013
0567-99p 0600-32c 0633-66p dated-x

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

  • pilgrim account

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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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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