The Treasury of Lives

Nālandā, an important monastic university located in what is present day Bihar, India, was founded in the fifth century during the reign of King Śakrāditya of Magadha. It is considered to have been the most important center of Buddhist learning during its height, having been home to the most renowned Mahāyāna scholars. It was partially destroyed in 1192 by forces under the command of Bakhtiyar Khilji. Since the early twentieth century, archeological excavations have been undertaken at the site revealing the expanse of the institution as well as artifacts such as statues, coins, seals and murals.


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