Nagapattam monastery, (in) Nagappattinam, Tamil Nadu, IN

Raw data

This was a large and active seaport until perhaps the fifteenth century, It is located in the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. The earliest note of it in a text is in the sixth century. In the eight century the Pallava king built a monastery for Chinese monks and traders. Important connections with China, Burma, and Sri Lanka. The latest of the sculptures from the site date to the seventeenth century.
See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.244.
Src: IN
Input by: SG , Apr 6, 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 Nagapattam monastery, IN.

General location of the Nagapattam monastery, IN.
lat=10.7667 long=79.8333
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=10.7667,79.8333&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Nagapattam monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Tamil Nadu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

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

  • 500s AD - Ahir (2003:244)

MBM chrono-tag 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p - tmciolek 17 Sep 2013
0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p 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 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • 700s AD - Ahir (2003:244)

13. Date-late

  • 1400s AD - Ahir (2003:244)

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 17 Sep 2013

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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