Saurasa monastery, (near) Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, IN

Raw data

"During the period of Buddhism in Kashmir, a Buddhist Vihara was built at "Saurasa", corresponding to the village "Sowur" (Soura) on the shore of Anchar Lake to the north of Srinagar. It also hosts a famous Muslim shrine known as Aasaar Sharief Jinaab Saahib which holds more than 13 holy relics."

"A marble stone with a large foot-print imprinted on its is preserved at Asar-I-Sharif, Janab Sahib at Soura in Srinagar. This foot-print is known as Qadam-I-Rasul or foot-print of the Prophet Mohammad. Chroniclers and historians have mentioned that earlier the same relic was known as Vishnu-pada or the foot-print of Lord Vishnu." -

Input: tmciolek Jul 15 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 15 Jul 2013

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 Saurasa monastery, IN.

General location of the Saurasa monastery, IN.
Lat 34.14225 Long 74.79722
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=34.14225,74.79722&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Saurasa monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Jammu and Kashmir

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 34.14225 Long 74.79722 - based on visual identification of the Asar Shareef Jenab Saheb site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 15 Jul 2013.

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

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 15 Jul 2013
<=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 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • Converted into a Muslim mosque (therefore musthave been in existence till the 14th c.- tmciolek)

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 15 Jul 2013

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

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

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

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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