Pullahari monastery, (near) Bihar Sharif, Bihar, IN

Raw data

[S]cattered references to some monasteries are found in epigraphic and other sources. They were no less important. Among them Pullahari (in western Magadha) […]" [Capitals were added to some of the names, whenever they were missing in the original quote - tmc, Jul 2010.]

"Naropa was born in one of the many small kingdoms of Bengal. His father was a royal chieftain by name of Shantivarman and his mother was called Srimati. His yearning for a religious life was so strong that, when he was eight years old, he travelled to Kashmir, one of the main seats for Buddhist studies in ancient times, in order to study with the master Gaganakirti. […]
Some years after Naropa's return from Kashmir, his parents insisted that he [marries….] He then went to Pullahari and stayed there for six years. […]
After his prolonged stay in Pullahari, Naropa went to Nalanda University, where his wisdom, skills in debate and teaching, as well as his deep spiritual understanding earned him the chancellorship of the university."

"Marpa [Marpa Lotsawa (1012–1097)] journeyed first to Nepal where he studied with Paindapa and Chitherpa, two famous students of Naropa. Paindapa later accompanied Marpa to Pullahari, near Nalanda University, where Naropa taught. "

"Kukuripa [Tib. Shiwa Sangpo] (ca. 1000) was one of the Mahasiddhas (one of the 84 greatest yogis) and one of Tilopa's teachers.  He stayed not far from Pullahari in western Magadha, where he lived on an island "in a poison lake," surrounded by dogs." - http://www.khandro.net/animal_dog.htm
Acc to http://wikitravel.org/en/Bihar , Mediaeval Magadha = today's town of Bihar.

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 16, 2010

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 Pullahari monastery, IN.

General location of the Pullahari monastery, IN.
Lat 25.20917 Long 85.51226
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2010.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Pullahari monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Bihar

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 25.20917 Long 85.51226 - based on visual recognition of a small hill (a logical location for a monastery), near lake (a plausible place of habtiation of Kukuripa [Tib. Shiwa Sangpo]) in western areas of Magadha, using maps.google.com, tmciolek, 21 Jul 2010.

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

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12. Date-intermediate

  • Pullahari monastery was active during times of Nāropā (Prakrit; Sanskrit: Nāropadā or Naḍapāda) (1016–1100) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naropa
  • Pullahari monastery was active during times of Marpa Lotsawa (1012–1097) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marpa_Lotsawa

MBM chrono-tag 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c - tmciolek 08 Jul 2014
0967-99p 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32p 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

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

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