Valabhi monastery, (in) Valabhipur, Gujarat, IN

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Valabhi was the other great Indian Buddhist university, after Nalanda. It was Hinayana as opposed to Nalanda, which was primarily Mahayana. The site dates from around 520 AD when patronage by the Maitraka dynasty began. Royal patronage provided plenty of land and income. Xuanzang visited in 640 AD and found 100 monasteries and 6000 monks. it had an extensive library. A near-contemporary text recounts a Brahmin in the Ganges Valley sending his son to Valabhi for education. Apparently the site was ransacked and destroyed by Muslim invaders from Sindh in 788 AD and nothing is known of it after that date. The location is today called Vala in Gujarat. See Ahir, Buddhist Sites and shrines, p.p. 110-113.
Src: IN
Input by: SG February 27 2009

Valabhipur, India Page
Other names: Vallabhipur,Valabhīpur,Vala
World:India:State of Gujarat
Latitude 21.8833 Longitude 71.8667

An ancient university at Valabhi, in Gujarat (from the Maitrak period to the Arab raids) -

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 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Valabhi monastery, IN.

General location of the Valabhi monastery, IN.
lat=21.8833 long=71.8667
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=21.8833,71.8667&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Valabhi monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Gujarat

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • Vala monastic cluster

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

  • Theravada

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 520 CE

MBM chrono-tag 0500-32c - tmciolek 28 Jul 2014
0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • 640 CE when Xuanzang visited

13. Date-late

  • 788 CE. Destroyed by Muslim invaders

MBM chrono-tag 0767-99c - tmciolek 28 Jul 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • 7th Century account of a Brahmin from around Benares (i.e. Varanasi) sending his son for training to Valabhi

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Archaeological, texts.

16. Additional notes

  • in 640 AD - 100 monasteries and 6,000 monks.

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

  • [missing data]

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