Ramatirtham monastery, (near) Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, IN

Raw data

Ramatirtham is a large site located ten miles north-east of Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, India. It was first explored by Alexander Rea in the nineteenth century. The site includes two hills. One the first is a brick stupa foundation (65 feet in diameter) and lines of monks’ cells, also in brick. Stairs lead to a large hall with an installed stupa. Further stairs lead to a pillared mandapa, though none of the pillars still stand. The hill also has two viharas, one with 24 cells. Stylistic and numismatic evidence dates the site to the second century CE. The adjacent hill also includes stupas and viharas.

P.R. Ramchandra Rao, Andhra Sculpture (Hyderabad, Akshari, 1981) 88.

Input by: Stewart Gordon 15 Apr 2015

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 18 Jun 2015

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Ramatirtham monastery, IN.

General location of the Ramatirtham monastery, IN.
Lat 18.176171 Long 83.485560
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2014.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Ramatirtham monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: Andhra Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 18.176171 Long 83.485560 - based on visual identification of the Ramatirtham stupa site in satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 22 May 2015.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

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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

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16. Additional notes

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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