Navadevakula monastery, (near) Bangarmau, Uttar Pradesh, IN

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Xuanzang visited this site in September, 636 AD. He found 3 monasteries with 500 monks, practicing in the Sarvastivada tradition. Located at "Nohbatganj on the eastern bank of the Ganges, U.P."
Src: IN
Input by: SG Jan 22 2009

Hiuen Tsang, the famous chinese pilgrim to India, stayed at Kannauj for 3 months in 636 AD. From here he journeyed a distance of about 26 kms and reached the city of Na-fo-ti-po-ku-lo (Navadevakula) which stood on the eastern bank of Ganga. The city was about 5 km in circumference and had in or about it, a magnificent Deva Temple, several Buddhist Monasteries and Stupas. This place, which is about 3 kms north-west of Bangarmau in Tehsil Safipur, has been identified by some scholars with Nawal and is supposed to represent the site of an important ancient city, believed to have been upturned in the 13th century by the curse of a saint, and still called Aundha Khera or Lauta Shahr both meaning an upturned city.

The ancient town of Newal stood close to te site of Bangarmau, and was occupied by Raja Nal, a local ruler and is traditionally associated with ancient site of 'Alavi' of the Buddhist records and 'Navadevakula' of
Huien Tsang's travel accounts.

Input by: tmciolek Apr 16 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 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Navadevakula monastery, IN.

General location of the Navadevakula monastery, IN.
lat=26.9000 long=80.2167
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=26.9000,80.2167&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Navadevakula monastery - (IN, SG Jan 22 2009)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Uttar Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Sarvastivada - (IN, SG Jan 22 2009)

11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

  • Xuanzang visited this site in September, 636 AD - SG Jan 22 2009

MBM chrono-tag 0633-66c - tmciolek 17 Sep 2013
0600-32p 0633-66c 0667-99p 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

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16. Additional notes

  • In 636 AD there were 3 monasteries with 500 monks.

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

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