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Birthplace of Lord Mahvira, who was 24th Tirthanka

Birthplace of Lord Mahvira, who was 24th Tirthanka  Video Review
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Kundalpur

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
15th Aug 17

A popular institute managing Huen Xang Memorial

A popular institute managing Huen Xang Memorial  Video Review
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Nav Nalanda Vihar

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
15th Aug 17

Dedicated to Lord Sun.

Dedicated to Lord Sun.  Video Review
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Surya Mandir

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
15th Aug 17

Having four galleries for displaying rare antiques

Having four galleries for displaying rare antiques  Video Review
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Nalanda Archaeological Museum

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
15th Aug 17

It's a very nice place to visit.

It's a very nice place to visit.  Video Review
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Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
15th Aug 17

Museum

Museum  Video Review
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Prachin Bharat Tourism Museum

Saurabh gupta
9th Jan 18

Very good

Very good  Video Review
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Nalanda Archaeological Museum

Mdjahanagirmallickmallick
24th Dec 17

Very good

Very good  Video Review
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Nalanda Archaeological Museum

Ravi kumar
24th Dec 17

Famous Chhat Pooja is held twice in a year.

Famous Chhat Pooja is held twice in a year.  Video Review
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Surajpur Temple

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
15th Aug 17

A world heritage and world's oldest University.

A world heritage and world's oldest University.  Video Review
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Nalanda University

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
14th Aug 17

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Pritvi Kanchi

Pritvi Kanchi3.2/5

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A Trip to Nalanda

I had been to Nalanda by road in the month of August 2016. Nalanda is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of Bihar. The must-visit attractions around Nalanda include the Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Kundalpur and the Surya Temple. The Nalanda Museum was founded in 1971. It offers a bird's eye view of the Pala Art. The Museum comprises 4 major galleries housing around 13000 antique items excavated from 300-odd geographical regions. Kundalpur is the birthplace of Gautam Swami and is believed to be visited by Lord Mahavira many times. This place was a buddhist monastery between the period extending from 424 BC to 454 BC. The Surya Temple is located very close to the Nalanda University. It is devoted to the Sun God and the "Chhath Puja" is performed twice every year in the sacred hindu months of "Kartika" and "Vaishakha".

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Ashutosh Bhardwaz

Ashutosh Bhardwaz5.0/5

5 reviews

Historical place

. . Nalanda, is famous all over the world for the ancient International Monastic University established in 5th century BC, which taught Vedas, Logic, Grammar, Medicine, Meta-Physics, Prose Composition and Rhetoric. Nalanda district is popularly known as Biharsharif. The rivers Phalgu, and Mohane flows through the district of Nalanda. The various sub divisions of the district are Biharsharif, Rajgir, and Hilsa. The district is divided into blocks of Giriyak, Rahui, Nursarai, Harnaut, Chandi, Islampur, Asthawan, Sarmera, Hilsa, Biharsharif, Ekangarsarai, Ben, Nagarnausa, Karaiparsurai, Silao, Parwalpur, Katrisarai, Bind, and Tharthari.

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Nalanda Overview

Nalanda, an ancient centre for higher learning, is located around 55 miles south east of Patna in the state of Bihar. Nalanda is considered as one of the oldest and great universities in the world. It was established in the 5th century, and the university flourished under many rulers since that era. The destination is visited mostly for seeing its Buddhist sites and monuments.

The history of Nalanda dates back to the time of Lord Buddha and Mahavir. The place was named after the terms ‘Nalam’ meaning ‘Lotus’ and ‘da’ that means ‘to give’. Nalanda is also known as the birth place of a follower of Lord Buddha, named Sariputra. Lord Buddha is believed to have visited this place several times during his lifetime.

There are many important sites in Nalanda that attract many historians, pilgrims and architects from all over the world. The head quarter of knowledge and learning, Nalanda is renowned for a culture and tradition in ancient India.

The ruins of Nalanda, which was once the great Nalanda University, are spread over an area of 14 hectares. The university used to house 10000 students and 2000 teachers and had dormitories for students according to their status. Somewhere among the ruins, there are also structures like stupas, monasteries, temples, chaityas, etc.

The ruins contain monuments and heritages like Stupa of Sariputta, Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall, Surya Temple, Nalanda museum and Nav Nalanda Vihar. The Stupa of Sariputta is built in the shape of a pyramid, and is a structure that towers over the entire complex.

The Surya Temple (the temple of god) is a major attraction of this Nalanda site. It houses statue of Goddess Parvati, which is about five feet tall, including some other statues of Lord Buddha and Hindu deities.

The nearest airport to Nalanda is Lok Nayak Jayaprakash airport located in Patna, which is at a distance of 100 kilometres from the city. The airport is connected to all the important cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

Rajgir is the nearest railhead to the place, which is about 12 kilometres away from Nalanda. The station is connected to the several cities of India. The best time to visit Nalanda is between October to March, when the climate of the city stays mild and dry.

Photos of Nalanda

Nalanda, Bihar

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Vipin Rai

A view at Sarnath - Budhist Circuit
Nalanda University, Nalanda

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Ten Zin

Nalanda University, Nalanda
Nalanda University, Nalanda

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Ten Zin

Nalanda University, Nalanda
Nalanda University, Nalanda

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Ten Zin

Nalanda University, Nalanda

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