Sankāsya monastery, (in) Sankasya, Uttar Pradesh, IN

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The site is the modern village of Sankisain the district of Farrukhbad in U.P. It is located near the Kali River where the Farrukhabad, Etah and Mainpuri districts come together. Fa-hien who visited in the fifth century saw an Ashokan pillar (dating from around 250 BCE), several monasteries and about 1,000 monks, some Mahayana and some Hinayana. In 636 CE when Xuanzang arrived there was apparently only one functioning monastery with about 100 monks. The site was vacated not long after Xuanzang's visit. It has been re-occupied by a Buddhist school in the 20th century.
See See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.273 - 74.
Src: IN
Input by: SG Apr 6, 2009

Sankasya, India Page
Other names: Sankāsya
World:India:State of Uttar Pradesh
Latitude 27.3333 Longitude 79.3667
Input by: tmciolek Apr 13, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 12 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 Sankasya monastery, IN.

General location of the Sankasya monastery, IN.
lat=27.3333 long=79.3667
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=27.3333,79.3667&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Sankāsya monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Uttar Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

  • some Theravada, some Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 250 BC - Ahir (2003:273-274)

MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 - tmciolek 12  Jul 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 0800-32p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • 636 AD - Ahir (2003:273-274)

13. Date-late

c. 800 CE

MBM chrono-tag: 0800-32p - tmciolek 12  Jul 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • pilgrim accounts

16. Additional notes

  • fifth century CE, about 1000 monks
  • 636 CE, 100 monks

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

  • [missing data]

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