Sahribahlol monastery, (towards) Mardan, NWF Province, PK

Raw data

Sahribahlol (lat. 34 degrees 15 min. N. x long. 71 degrees 58 min. E) is 2.5 miles south-southeast of the Takh-i-Bahi Buddhist site in the Peshawar province of Pakistan. Though excavations yielded many sculptures (mainly now in the Peshawar museum) of the stupas and monasteries only a few platforms and walls remain. The structures were apparently mainly made of brick, which has disintegrated. All that can be said of the monastery is that it was in the typical square plan. Debala Mitra, Buddhist Monuments (Calcutta: M. Dutt Shishu Sahitya Samad, 1971), 122
Input by: Stewart Gordon 6 Apr 2015

"The Buddhist monastic complex of Takht-i-Bahi (Throne of Origins) was founded in the early 1st century. […] Nearby are the ruins of Sahr-i-Bahlol, a small fortified city dating from the same period.
"The most striking Buddhist site I visited was Tahkt-i Bahi near Mardan. This site was a large monastery located on a hilltop, occupied from the 1st to 7th century A.D."
Input: tmciolek, 26 May 2015

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 26 May 2015

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 Sahribahlol monastery, PK.

General location of the Sahribahlol monastery, PK.
Lat 34.255475 Long 71.950689
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2014.

Google Map link:,%20PK)&ll=34.255475,71.950689&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan: NWF Province

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 34.255475 Long 71.950689 - based on visual identification of the village Seri Bahlol (Sahribahlol) in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 26 May 2015.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

  • Mardam

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

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 26 May 2015
<=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 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 0633-66p - tmciolek 26 May 2015

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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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

  • Debala Mitra, Buddhist Monuments (Calcutta: M. Dutt Shishu Sahitya Samad, 1971), 122
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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