Shah Bihar monastery, (near) Kabul, Velayat-e Kabol, AF

Raw data

"Studies of the ancient remains at this site proved the existence of many Buddhist temples [in Kabul] such as Shaakh-e Baranti and Minaar-e Chakri." Kohzad (1997)

Koh-e Shakh-e Barantay is a 8,696 ft / 2,651 m mountain peak near Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan.

"Under the Khalifa Haroun-Al-Rashid in 786 an expedition under Abbas invaded Kabul. He seized and plundered a great Vihara outside Kabul called Shah Bihar, a place still known. It appears the king and the people were still Buddhists." (Chintman 1921:19)

Input by: tmciolek, July 28, 2012

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 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Shah Bihar monastery, AF.

General location of the Shah Bihar monastery, AF.
lat=34.4456 long=69.2054
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20AF)&ll=34.4456,69.2054&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Shah Bihar monastery - Chintman (1921:19)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Afghanistan:Velayat-e Kabol

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Possible identification (in fact a quesswork) of large-scale ruins on the NW spur of the Shakh-e Barantay mountain, at approx lat 34.4456 and long 69.2054, based on satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 28 Jul 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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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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0733-66p 0767-99c dated-l

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

  • Destroyed in 786 CE - Chintman (1921:19)

MBM chrono-tag 0767-99c- tmciolek 15 Jul 2014 

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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