About 100 Km from the city of Patna, you will land in a place that marks an important period in ancient Indian history. The ancient town of Nalanda is home to Nalanda University, the first university of India and one of the oldest academic centers of the world. As of today, the ruins of the …
Mumbai’s rich bunch of Victorian and Art Deco buildings in the Fort and Marine Drive precinct on Saturday, June 30, got the UNESCO World Heritage tag, giving India its 37th site. The precinct was added to the global list at the 42nd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Manama, Bahrain. It covers an area of 66 hectares with Oval Maidan at the centre and includes a row of 19th-century Victorian buildings on one side while the 20th-century art deco structures on the other. There has been a universal praise for the team who represented Mumbai’s case to UNESCO. With this Mumbai gets its third UNESCO heritage tag – joining the Elephanta Caves and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (headquarters of the Central Railway). Maharashtra now has a total of five sites – more than any other state in India – including the Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad. India is home to 37 World Heritage Sites approved by UNESCO which brings cultural and natural glory to the country.
Nalanda, about 95 km from the state capital Patna, once served as the kingdom of the mighty Gupta and Harsha rulers. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the place was a centre of Vedic learning in the early times and today it is home to the famous Nalanda University. In the year 1951, Bihar Government founded the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (New Nalanda Mahavihara), a contemporary centre for Pali and Buddhism, and in year 2006, Nalanda was given the university status.
Vishwa Shanti Stupa in Rajgir
Vishwa Shanti Stupa, or Peace Pagoda in Rajgir (Nalanda district of Bihar), is one of the prime attractions in Bihar attracting people from all across the globe. The city of Rajgir was once the first capital of Magadha dynasty, which later evolved and became Mauryan Empire. The region is also important for the followers of Jainism and Buddhism as it is believed to be a ‘favourite place of Lord Mahavira and Buddha’. Also, the renowned Atanatiya conference was organised at Vulture’s Peak mountain here.
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.