Ushtur-Mulla monastery, (towards) Shahrtuz, Viloyati Khatlon, TJ

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Ushtur Mullo monastery
"In Tajikistan, a number of monasteries, Buddhism sanctuaries of V-VIII centuries were discovered. The monastery […] Ushtur Mullo in Shahritus region, […]"

Stupa in Ushtor-mulloh, 2nd - 3rd century. A.D. - (Bolganova 2004)

"[T]he monastery of Ushtur-Mulla, near the Amu Darya river. The monastery consisted of 26 buildings which surrounded a square courtyard. In the middle of the north side was a shrine with [a letter "pi" or an inverted U - tmc] shaped circumbulatory corridor. There were small residential cells for individual monks and a large hall for sangha (congregational) meetings. […] outside the complex was a stupa, the bease of which was faced with stone reliefs."
Dani and Litvinsky (1999:113)

"In the place where the Kafirnigan River flows into the Amu Darya there was a Buddhist monastery of Kushan times called Ustur-mullo. Its stupa was faced (as at Ayrtam) with stone slabs carrying reliefs; inside, the monastery was decorated with paintings. "
- Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)

Shahrtuz, Tajikistan Page
Other names: Shaarfuz,Shaartuz
World:Tajikistan:Viloyati Khatlon
Lat 37.2594 Long 68.1347

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 6, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 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 Ushtur-Mulla monastery, TJ.

General location of the Ushtur-Mulla monastery, TJ.
Lat 37.2594 Long 68.1347
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2010.

Google Map link:,%20TJ)&ll=37.2594,68.1347&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Ushtur-Mulla monastery - Dani and Litvinsky (1999:113)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Tajikistan:Viloyati Khatlon

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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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<=0200 0200-32p 0233-66p dated-xx

12. Date-intermediate

  • 2nd century  CE - (Bolganova 2004)

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 28 Jul 2014

  • 3rd century CE - (Bolganova 2004)

MBM chrono-tag 0233-66p - tmciolek 28 Jul 2014

13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • Ushtur-Mulla's stupa was faced (as at Airtam monastery) with stone slabs carrying reliefs - Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

  • 26 buildings around a square courtyard - Dani and Litvinsky (1999:113)
  • There were small residential cells for individual monks and a large meeting hall - Dani and Litvinsky (1999:113)

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

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