Satdhara monastic cluster, (near) Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, IN

Raw data

This important site has only recently been excavated. It is located on "the Bhopal-Sanchi Road" facing the Halali River in Madhya Pradesh. Besides the main stupa there are remains of 16 monasteries. Paleography and painting suggest the site was active in the 4th-6th centuries but the work of dating is on-going.

See See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Indian Books Centre, 2003) p.161.
Src: IN
Input by: SG Mar 30, 2009

"At Satdhara, near Vidisha, there is a group of stupas situated on a hilltop. Stupas are Buddhist mounds often enshrining relics."

"The word Satdhara literally means 'seven streams'. Around 34 stupas dating from Mauryan period and fourteen monasteries are found here. Few of the stupas and monasteries are restored under the support of UNESCO. Among the several stupas, striking one is stupa 1. It is about 13 m high with a medhi (broad circumambulatory path) around the base. Toranas are also present. Besides stupas and monasteries, the remains of apsidal temples posturing inscriptions dating back to second century are also found.
Satdhara is around 11 km west of Sanchi."

Vidisha, India Page
Other names: Bhīlsa,Bhilsa
World:India:State of Madhya Pradesh
Lat 23.5333 Long 77.8167

Sanchi, India Page
World:India:State of Madhya Pradesh
Latitude 23.5000 Longitude 77.5833

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 15 Jul 2014

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 Satdhara monastery, IN.

General location of the Satdhara monastic cluster, IN.
Lat 23.4820 Long 77.6500
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=23.4820,77.6500&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Satdhara monastic cluster - Ahir (2003:261)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Madhya Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 23.4820 Long 77.6500 - based on the visual identification of the site of Satdhara stupa in maps, - tmciolek, 28 Jun 2010.

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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0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p dated-x

12. Date-intermediate

  • 300 - 600 CE - Ahir (2003:161)

MBM chrono-tag 0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p - tmciolek 15 Jul 2014 

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

  • archaeology, relics, art historical

16. Additional notes

  • 16 monasteries in the vicinity of the the main stupa - Ahir (2003:161)

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

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