Shuskaletra monastery, (near) Badgom, Jammu and Kashmir, IN

Raw data

"In Vitastatra (Vethavutur) and at Shuskaletra (Hukhalitar) he [Ashoka] built a number of viharas and stupas. He [Ashoka] deputed Madhyantika for the propagation of Buddhism in Kashmir and Gandhara." -

"Raja Asoka built a [Dharmaranya - tmc] Vihara in the town of Vitastatra, which was lofty and high. He also built a Stupa at Suskaletra. Both the towns have been identified as Vethavutur and Hukalitar, situated around the Verinag and Badgham. Some ancient relics were found at Verinag spring. At Hukalitar, a few statues of the Buddha were found." -

"Badgam is a town and a notified area committee in Badgam district in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India.[….] 34.017823, 74.7197"
Input: tmciolek Jul 16 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 16 Jul 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Shuskaletra monastery, IN.

General location of the Shuskaletra monastery, IN.
Lat 34.0167 Long 74.7167
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=34.0167,74.7167&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Shuskaletra monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Jammu and Kashmir

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

  • Founded by Ashoka - Bakshi (1997:147)

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 16 Jul 2013

12. Date-intermediate

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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

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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

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