Nalanda: A tale in the twist

Rajani, MB and Kumar, Viraj (2019) Nalanda: A tale in the twist. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 78 (4). pp. 392-408.

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Abstract: Nalanda was a Buddhist residential monastery located in the ancient kingdom of Magadha, in modern-day Bihar state in northeast India, active from the fourth/fifth century CE until at least the end of the twelfth century.1 Although this site was not associated with the life of Buddha, its importance is evident from the fact that it attracted monks from as far away as China (e.g., Xuanzang spent some twelve years there in the seventh century) and received patronage not only from within India but also from such distant lands as Sumatra (whose king funded a monastic dwelling there).2 The Archaeological Survey of India has excavated and protected six temples, or chaityas, at this site: a row of four temples (T3, T12, T13, and T14) to the west, one (T2) to the east, and Sarai Temple further east (Figure 1).
Item Type: Journal Paper
Subjects: School of Humanities > Archaeology
Programmes > Heritage Science and Society Programme
Divisions: Schools > Humanities
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2020 06:09
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 06:09
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    Funders: Science and Engineering Research Board, GOI
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