Tukan Baha monastery, (in) Kathmandu, Bagmati Zone, NP

Raw data

All that remains of this site in central Kathamandu is a stupa with a tree growing up through it. The platform and the four cardianal doorways are in relatively good condition. The old name was Ratnakar Vihar. it was supposed to have been built in the 13th Century but there is no solid textual evidence. Mahayana tradition.

See Kathmandu Valley: The Preservation of Physical Environment and Cultural Heritage, A Protective Inventory (Vienna: Anton Schroll & Co,1975), 33.

Src: Nepal

Input by: Stewart Gordon, Sep 19, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 27 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 Tukan Baha monastery, NP.

General location of the Tukan Baha monastery, NP.
Lat 27.7167 Long 85.3167
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Tukan Baha monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Nepal: Bagmati Zone

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Ratnakar Vihar. The site shares this name with other buildings of later date.

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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • pre-1200 CE

MBM chrono-tag 1167-99p 1200=> - tmciolek 27 Jul 2014
1167-99p 1200=> dated-e

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeology only

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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