Srinagar monastic cluster, (in) Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, IN

Raw data

The main city of Kashmir valley had very old monasteries, some dating nearly to the time of the
Buddha. In our period king Pavasens II built a large monastery. Xuanzang stayed there when he visited in 631 AD. See Ahir, p.129. The Kashmir Valley remained Buddhist until conquest by Islamic forces in the 14th Century. Some of the assembly halls were converted into mosques.
Src: IN
Input by: SG Feb 27 2009

"[Q]ueen Shukdevi had built a Vihara in Srinagar at a place named ' Nadvana '. Vihara is not seen today, but the word ' Nadvana ' got changed into ' Narvora ' which is one of the oldest parts of old Srinagar City." - Aima (1984).

"Huang Suang has written about a ' Jainder Vihara ' near Srinagar City, which had a huge Buddha idol in it. Huang Suang had stayed in this Vihara, but its place is still a matter of dispute." - Aima (1984).

"The preservation and display of relics has been a custom among the Buddhists of Kashmir well before the first century AD. The begging bowl of the Buddha was preserved in a convent in Srinagar. It is believed to have been broken by a marauder called Mihirakula who became the king of Kashmir in the sixth century AD. There is also a legend about the tooth of Buddha being preserved in Kashmir, which was subsequently lost." -
Input by: tmciolek 15 Jul 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 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Srinagar monastic cluster, India.

General location of Srinagar monastic complex, India.
lat=34.0833 long=74.8167
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=34.0833,74.8167&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Srinagar monastic cluster

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

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

  • [missing data]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

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

MBM chrono-tag 0600-32c 0633-66c - tmciolek 15 Jul 2013

13. Date-late

  • 14th Century. Conquest by Muslim forces.

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

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, texts, inscriptions

16. Additional notes

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

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

  • [missing data]

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