Vardhamana Kota monastery, (towards) Suriapet, Andhra Pradesh, IN

Raw data

Vardhamana Kota is located 25 miles southwest of Suryapet a little distance off the road to Jangaon also close to the Musi (or Musika) [and Bikkeru - tmciolek] River[s]. The site is large, over ten acres, and contains remains of chaitya halls, mandapas and viharas. Stylistically the site is similar to Amaravati. In spite of coin finds it has not been carefully dated. From the absence of the Buddha in reliefs it seems to be a Theravada site.
P.R. Ramchandra Rao, Andhra Sculpture (Hyderabad, Akshari, 1981) 111.
Input by: Stewart Gordon 15 Apr 2015

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 27 May 2015

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 Vardhamana Kota monastery, IN.

General location of the Vardhamana Kota monastery, IN.
Lat 17.377553 Long 79.440638
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2014.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=17.377553,79.440638&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Vardhamana Kota monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: Andhra Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 17.377553 Long 79.440638 - based on coordinates of a random spot in the village of Vardamankot in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 27 May 2015.

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

  • Theravada - Ramchandra Rao (1981:111)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

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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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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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