Nalanda University declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO; Sreekanth A. Nair; American Bazaar Online


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India – Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) at Nalanda, Bihar

Important center of Vedic learning between 5th to 1200 AD.

Nalanda University or known as Nalanda Mahavira, one of the oldest study centers in India, has been declared World Heritage Site, by the UNESCO, on Friday.

Situated about 98 Km. away from Patna, the state capital of Bihar, Nalanda is considered as one of the prominent Buddhist monasteries in ancient India.

Declaring the world heritage status, UNESCO tweeted, “Just inscribed as @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Site: Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavira at Nalanda, Bihar #India.”

“Nalanda stands out as the most ancient university of the Indian Subcontinent. It engaged in the organized transmission of knowledge over an uninterrupted period of 800 years. The historical development of the site testifies to the development of Buddhism into a religion and the flourishing of monastic and educational traditions,” UNESCO said on its website.

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