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Nalanda Archaeological Site


Nalanda an ancient Archeological site situated in Nalanda District in India, 88 km South East of Patna.




Location: Nalanda District    Map

Open: daily

Museum: Sat- Thu





Description of Nalanda Archaeological Site

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Nalanda Archaeological Site was an important commercial and religious center starting with the 5th century AD during reign of Sakraditya (ruler identified as Kumara Gupta I or Kumara Gupta II) and lasted until 1193 when it was sacked by a Turk ruler Bakhtiyar Khilju. In his attempt to wipe out Buddhism from region he burned many Buddhist monasteries and many of the monks. Nalanda did not entirely cease its existence. A small community of Buddhist monks still lived among ruins of the former city, but it went in significant decline from that point on and was eventually abandoned.








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