Sui monastery, (near) Sajawalwala, Punjab, PK

Raw data

"But that these princes of foreign origin who governed the country of the lower Indus had at this period been forced to acknowledge the suzerainty of the Kushanas, is proved by the Sue Vihara inscription in the Bahawalpur State which is dated in a regnal year of Kanishka (year 11 = 89 AD)."

Bahawalpur, Pakistan Page
Lat 29.4000 Long 71.6833

"For the most part, however, the known inscriptions on metal were placed on sheets of copper, ranging in size from about 2(1/2) in. by 1(7/8) in. in the case of the Sohgaura plate to as much as about 2 ft. 6 in. square in the case of a record of 46 B.C. obtained at Sue-Vihar in the neighbourhood of Bahawalpur in the Punjab. Some of these records on copper were commemorative and dedicatory, and were deposited inside the erections — relic-mounds, and, in the case of the Sue-Vihar plate, a tower — to which they belonged."
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6 "Inscriptions" to "Ireland, William Henry"

"UNESCO project inauguration: PU [Punjab University] VC [Vice Chancellor] will inaugurate a UNESCO sponsored project of the "Sui-Vihar Excavations and Archaeological Reconnaissance of Southern Punjab" at the University Campus today. […] The project will be launched immediately after the inaugural session during which a team of archaeologist headed by Dr Farzand Masih will comb the area around Sui Vihar in Bahawalpur to map the cultural mounds. The VC will also launch a research journal "Ancient Punjab" published by the varsity's Archaeology Department."

"A highly important inscription was found at Sui Vihār, sixteen miles southwest of Bahawalpur, dated in the eleventh year of the reign of Kanishka." Rosenfield (1967:49)
Input by: tmciolek, July 30, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 19 Jul 2014

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 Sui monastery, PK.

General location of the Sui monastery, PK.
lat=29.2486 long=71.4836
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20PK)&ll=29.2486,71.4836&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Sui monastery - Rosenfield (1967:49)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan:Punjab

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 29.2486 Long 71.4836 - based on the visual identification of the Sui Vihara mound in satellite imagery, Initial search has commenced at Lat 29.2500 Long 71.4833 as suggested by, tmciolek, 30 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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12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 19 Jul 2014
<=0200 dated-x

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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