Paramalagiri monastery, (near) Paikmal, Orissa, IN

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Paramalagiri Monastery. Lit. Dark Peak. A mountain SW of Kosula (Kosala). Nagardjuna (the 14th Patriarch), had there his monastery, which was founded by Sadvaha. Src: Eitel (1888:103, 114)
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 27 2009

"Parimalagiri Buddha Vihar is the architectural remains of a huge monastery of the ancient times. The famous Chinese Pilgrim, Hieun Tsang believed the plateau of Nrusimhanath was commonly referred to as the Po-lo-mo-lo-ki-li which supported the famous monastery of Parimalagiri Buddha Vihar."
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 11 2009

"Built in 15th centuary AD , the temple Nrusinganath is about 165kms away form Sambalpur via Baragarh. Located at the foot of the sacred Gandhamardan Hills, this temple has strong mythologiacl background. According to legends Lord Hanuman carried on his shoulders from the Himalayas as described in the ancient epic Ramayana. This place was previously known as Parimalagiri and all the time this temple at Nrusinghanath has been an important pilgrimage site."

"Panchupandava Panel, Narasimhanatha, Dist.-Bargarh
LONGITUDE 820 49’44’’ E LATITUDE 200 53’41’’ N ELEVATION 1127 ft
[Decimal degrees: Long 82.82888889 Lat 20.89472222 - tmciolek, 29 May 2009]
Address : Village (village code) Narasimhanath (Near Durgapali)
Post : Paikmal Via: Paikmal
Tehsil: Padampur District: Bargarh
State : Orissa PIN: 768039
Approach : The panel, situated on the left bank of the Chiren nala in the Gandhamardan hill, is about 200 mtrs south-east of Narasimhanath temple which is 5 kms south-east of Paikmal and 115 kms from the district headquarter Bargarh.
Input by: tmciolek, May 29 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 06 Feb 2014

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 Paramalagiri monastery, IN.

General location of the Paramalagiri monastery, IN.
lat=20.89472 long=82.82889
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=20.89472,82.82889&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Paramalagiri monastery - Eitel (1888:103, 114)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Orissa

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 20.89472, Long 82.82889 - Coords est. from the position of the Panchupandava Panel, Narasimhanatha - tmciolek, 29 May 2009

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

  • Founded by king Sadvaha - Eitel (1888:103, 114)
  • Active at the times of ven. Nagarjuna - [(ca. 150–250 CE) -]

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 0200-32c - tmciolek 6 Feb 2014
<=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 0800-32c 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

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13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 6 Feb 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • The design of Paramalagiri monastery was emulated by the Muchalinda monastery.

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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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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