Vaadhoo monastery, (on) Vaadhoo Is., Gaafu Dhaalu, MV

Raw data

"Vaadhoo (Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll) - Vaadhoo […] is one of the inhabited islands of Southern Huvadhu Atoll, in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll administrative division.
Archaeology - Important Buddhist remains have been found on this island.
x A ruined stupa called “Vādū Havitta” is located on the north-east of the centre of the island. It is about 90 m in circumference and 10 m in height.
x On the north-east of the centre of the island is another mound which is about 40 m in circumference and 5 m in height.[…]
Lat 0.229167, Long 73.275

Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
There are important Buddhist Archaeological remains in the Islands of Fiyoaree, Gan, Vādū and others. These ruins consist mainly of large ruined stupas. The stupa in Gan was partially explored by Thor Heyerdahl's archaeologists in recent test-excavations. However, all other ruins have not been well researched yet.
Lat 0.416667, Long 73.166667

"Havitta is a name used to refer the ancient Buddhist stupas in Maldives. The word Haviita is believed to have some affinities with the Sanskrit word Caitya used to refer Buddhist sacred places.[1][2] Some of the famous Havittas in Maldives include Fua Mulaku Havitta and Vādū Havitta."

Maldives - administrative subdivisions
Input by: tmciolek, Sep 18, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Jan 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Vaadhoo monastery, MV.

General location of the Vaadhoo monastery, MV.
Lat 0.2297 Long 73.2785
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20MV)&ll=0.2297,73.2785&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Vaadhoo monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Maldives:Gaafu Dhaalu, Vaadhoo Island

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 0.2297 Long 73.2785 - based on the visual identification of the most likely spot with the monastery's ruins, north-east of the centre of the Vaadhoo island - tmciolek, 18 Sep 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

  • Vaadhoo -

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana - O'Shea (1998-2009)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • [missing data]

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1067-99p 1100-32p 1133-66c - tmciolek 14 Jan 2013
  • 1067-99p 1100-32p 1133-66c dated-l

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

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

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

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18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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