Sitakot monastery, (towards) Tarpanghat, Rangpur Division, BD

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“[…] a seventh-eighth-century Buddhist monastery named Sitakot Vihara […]”
Community Boundary, Secularized Religion and Imagined Past in Bangladesh: Archaeology and Historiography of Unequal Encounter
Swadhin Sen
World Archaeology, Vol. 34, No. 2, Community Archaeology (Oct., 2002), pp. 346-362
(article consists of 17 pages)
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
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A Buddhist monastery, it is located in Nawabganj upazila under Dinajpur district. The Vihara was built roughly on a square plan (65.23m east - west and 64.11m north - south) with large outside projection on the northern and southern wings. The gateway complex, which had a wide frontage, was set in the middle of the northern wing as a part of the outer projection. The complex included two guardrooms. The approach to the monastery was through an open space. The main gateway led to an entrance hall, which was aligned with the monastic cells. The northern end of the eastern wing had a subsidiary entrance piercing the back wall. The outer projection on the south was built as a kind of hall and there was an entrance into the hall from the inside. There were in all 41 cells in this monastery: 8 in the northern wing and 11 cells each in the three other wings. The major findings are two bronze images, one of Bodhisattva Padmapani and the other of Bodhisattva Manjushri. On the stylistic ground the images have been dated in the seventh-eight century AD. The monastery has not been dated by stratigraphy, but two building periods have been postulated.”

Dinajpur, Bangladesh Page
Other names: Dinājpur
Latitude 25.6333 Longitude 88.6333

"Nawabganj Upazila, Dinajpur
Lat 25.416667, Long 89.083333",_Dinajpur
[these coordinates are located v. close to the village of Tarpanghat - tmc, 24 Jul 2010]

Tarpanghat, Bangladesh Page
Other names: Tarpanghāt
Latitude 25.4167 Longitude 89.0833

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 16, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 17 Jul 2014

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 Sitakot monastery, BD.

General location of the Sitakot monastery, BD.
Lat 25.4167 Long 89.0833
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2010.

Google Map link:,%20BD)&ll=25.4167,89.0833&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Sitakot monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: Rangpur Division.

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 7th century AD - Sen (2002)

MBM chrono-tag 0633-66p - tmciolek 17 Jul 2014
0633-66p 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66p 0767-99p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • 8th century AD - Sen (2002)

MBM chrono-tag 0733-66p - tmciolek 17 Jul 2014

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

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

  • [missing data]

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