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The word means a Jain or Hindu temple or "dwelling, waiting place" in many medieval era inscriptions and texts, from vi-har which means "to construct". The northern Indian state of Bihar derives its name from the word "vihara", due to the abundance of Buddhist monasteries in that area.

Of these only the Vihara (monastery) and Guha (Cave) have survived. In Buddhist theology relating to rebirth and merit earning, it was considered an act of merit not only to feed a monk but also to shelter him, sumptuous monasteries were created by rich lay devotees.

In Thailand and China (called During the 3rd-century BCE era of Ashoka, vihara yatras were travels aimed at enjoyments, pleasures and hobbies such as hunting.

These contrasted with dharma yatras which related to religious pursuits and pilgrimage. Monasteries in the form of caves are dated to centuries before the start of the common era, for Ajivikas, Buddhists and Jainas.

These shelters were normally accompanied by donation of revenue from villages nearby, who would work and support these cave residences with food and services.

The Karle inscription dated to the 1st century CE donates a cave and nearby village, states Bronkhorst, "for the support of the ascetics living in the caves at Valuraka [Karle] without any distinction of sect or origin".

According to Johannes Bronkhorst, this created competitive financial pressures on all traditions, including the Hindu Brahmins.

This may have led to the development of viharas as shelters for monks, and evolution in the Ashrama concept to agraharas or Hindu monasteries.

It generally means a form of "distribution, transposition, separation, arrangement", either of words or sacred fires or sacrificial ground.

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