Pippala monastery, (near) Taxila, Punjab, PK

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"Pippala Buddhist Stupa and Monastery : Built in the first century AD, Pippala is interesting because some of the rubble-and-mud walls built on top of the 50-centimetre stone base are still standing in the monastery courtyard, showing what the walls at Taxila were like. In one of the cells is a fine plaster stupa, nearly as well preserved as that at Mohra Moradu."

Pippala stupa and monastery
Punjab, Pakistan

"Pippala (fig. 39) is within a five-minute walk of both Jaulian (fig.27) and Mohra Moradu (fig. 32) but its phase II form is quite different from theirs." (Behrend 2003:95)

"99. Pippala :
i. Stupa on North Side of Site, from South-east
ii. The Same, Showing Details of Reliefs on South Side. (Photos)" - http://www.printsasia.com/book/Plates-John-Marshall

Input by: tmciolek, July 13, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 08 Jul 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 Pippala monastery, PK.

General location of the Pippala monastery, PK.
lat=33.76104 long=72.86375
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Pippala monastery - Behrend (2003:95)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan: Punjab

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • The maps.google.com satellite photographs of the terrain positioned some 5-minutes walk (i.e. some 400 meters) from either the Jaulian and Mohra Moradu monastery do not reveal any traces of suggestive of a ruined monastery. However, some 200-250 m E of the Mohra Moradu monastery, there is a hint of overgrown remnants of some large rectangular structure. Its dimensions are comparable to those of the Mohra Moradu site. These traces of ruins are at approx. Lat 33.76104 and Long 72.86375. Are they the badly eroded Pippala ruins?. An alternative, albeit less plausible, candidate for the elusive Pippala site might be located at approx. Lat 33.76281 and Long 72.86816 - tmciolek, 21 Jul 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Ancient name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

  • Taxila Ruins of Sirkup, approx., Lat 33.755 Long 72.829 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps, http://maps.google.com/ - tmciolek, 13 Jul 2012.

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 08 Jul 2014
<=0200 dated-e

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

  • archaeological, architectural

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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