Birthplace of Atish Dipankar 2024

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Pandit Atish Dipankar (অতীশ দীপঙ্করের জন্মস্থান) a famous Buddhist missionary of the Pala Empire, was born in 982 AD in the village of Vajrayogini in Vikrampur Pargana, 10 km away from Munshiganj district. Guru Atish Dipankar ranks after Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Atish Dipankar’s birth place or Bastvita is known as “Pandit’s Vita” to the locals. Atish Dipankar’s Vastuvita traces the Buddhist monastery. Currently Atish Dipankar’s cremated remains are kept by setting up a memorial chaitya of Atish Dipankar. Every year a large number of Buddhists from different countries come to visit the birthplace of Atish Dipankar.

Life philosophy of Atish Dipankar

Atish Dipankar’s father was a feudal king under the Pala kings. Atish Dipankar’s childhood name was Adinath Chandragarbha. At the age of 10, Atish acquired the rare talent of understanding the difference between Buddhist and non-Buddhist scriptures. Later he went to Nalanda to receive Shastra education and at the age of 12 he was initiated as a sramana and became known as Dipankar Srijnana. From the age of 12 to 21, he took initiation in various scriptures from various scholars.

As a final initiation, he studied Buddhist philosophy under Acharya Dharma Pal for 12 years and returned to his homeland and took charge of teaching at Vikramshila Vihara. He wrote, translated and edited about two hundred books on Buddhist scriptures, medicine and technology at various times. During this time, while carrying out various Buddhist reforms, his health deteriorated and he breathed his last in 1054 at the age of 73 at the Drolma Lakhang Tara Temple in Che-Thong, Lhasa Nagar.

Atish Dipankar Memorial Complex Schedule

Memorial ComplexOpening hours
Saturday10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

How to Go Atish Dipankar House

Munshiganj can be reached by Mawa-bound bus from Gulisthan, Abdullahpur and Mirpur of capital Dhaka. The rent will be 60 to 90 taka. From Munshiganj Sadar Upazila by rickshaw/CNG one can reach Atish Dipankar’s Pandit Vita located in Bajrayogini village about two kilometers further beyond Sukhbashpur.

Where Will You Stay

Being close to Dhaka, you can leave in the morning and return to Dhaka in the evening. If you need overnight stay, you can contact Hotel Three Star, Hotel Comfort or Padma, Mawa and Meghna Village Holiday Resort located in Munshiganj district headquarters.

Where to Eating

There are several hotels in Munshiganj city like River View, New Rajdhani Restaurant, Mohiuddin Hotel and Munshi Home Hotel. Among the popular dishes of Munshiganj district are Chittar Dai, Anandar Sweets, Khuder Bauua and Bhagyakul Sweets.

Personal information ofAtish Dipankar
SurnameAtish Guhyajnanavajra
Another name Chandragarbha
BornVajrayogini, Vikrampur, Bengal, Pala Empire
(now Bangladesh)
Died(age 71–72), Nietang, Tibet (modern China)
burial groundDharmarajik Buddhist Mahavihara, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Original residenceBajrayogini, Bikrampur, Munshiganj
MotherPresiding Goddess
SchoolTibetan Buddhism
significant workBodhipath Lamp, Charyasangrahadip, truth, wisdom, collected, calm, Bodhisattva Maniabli, The bodhisattva path of action, Refuge, Mahayan Pathsadhana Varna Sangraha, best wishes, Dekashalakarmapedesh, dysfunction, Samadhi may change, Lokottarasaptakavidhi, secret activities,
Chittopadambar Vidhikarma, Higher Education Abhisam, Bimal Ratna Lekhna

Other Sightseeing Places in Munshiganj

Other places of interest in Munshiganj include Arial Bill, Padmahem Dham, Sonarang Jora Math, Baba Adam Mosque, Jagadish Chandra Bose Memorial Museum, Bhagyakul Zamindar Bari and Mawa Ferry Ghat.