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Nālandā

Nālandā. The site of a ruined Buddhist monastery and stūpa in Bihar, N. India.

The Chinese traveller Hsuan-Tsang described Nālandā during the 7th cent., when it was visited by pilgrims from all over the Buddhist world. Despite being fortified, it was destroyed, probably by Muslim armies, sometime in the late 12th cent.

Nālandā is also a significant holy site for Jains since it is associated with the life of Mahāvīra.

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Nalanda

Nalanda (nəlän´də), Buddhist monastic center in what is now Baragaon, Bihar state, E central India. Often referred to as a university, Nalanda was, from the 4th to the 12 cent. AD, the most renowned center of Buddhist learning in India. There are extensive ruins of stupas, monasteries, and temples.

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