Wai monastery, (towards) Wai, Maharashtra, IN

Raw data

This group of 9 caves is located 4 km north of Wai (Maharashtra) on the banks of the Nira River. The assembly hall has been converted into a Shiva temple.
See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Indian Books Centre, 2003) p.202.
Input by: SG , Apr 2, 2009

In the hill on the outskirts of the village is a group of eight caves…facing south-west. [The caves are in the hamlet of Lohari, north of Wai. Most are residence cells, but there is one chaitya hall. The caves date to the middle or later half of the third century CE. The right side of the chaitya hall has niches which had sculptures, of which only the feet remain. The central figure may be a Buddha, a Mahayana addition of the late 6th Century.]

See MK Dhavalikar, Late Hinayana Caves of Western India (Poona: Deccan Post Graduate and Research Institute, 1986) 34-35.

Wai, India Page
World:India:State of Maharashtra
Latitude 17.9333 Longitude 73.9000

Note: in fallingrain.com there is no trace of a place called Lonara.
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 4, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 16 Sep 2013

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 Wai monastery, IN.

General location of the Wai monastery, IN.
lat=17.9333 long=73.9000
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Wai monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Maharashtra

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • Wai and Shirwal are located within 10 km. of each other along an ancient (and still important route) from the area of present-day Pune to Kolhapur.

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

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

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8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Late Theravada

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • Middle to later half of the third century CE

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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

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

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