Nowadays, education has become an integral part of our life. Universities and colleges are spread across countries in a very large number. But there was a time when Universities were a rare place to be found on earth. And imagine if someone says that one of the first and best university of the world was from India. And wait only this is not shocking, what if I tell you that the University is situated in Bihar ?
Why that reaction ? Because everyone in this country considers Bihar as an inferior state ? But whatever be your reaction. In this part of Forgotten Beauty of India from Laughter Mania Specials, I’m gonna take you to a tour of the place where scholars from all over the world dreamed of studying. Yes and that place is Nalanda where Nalanda Vishwavidyalaya(Nalanda University) was situated.
Nalanda was an acclaimed Mahavihara, a large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha in India. Nalanda University was able to meld multiple discourses and to embrace knowledge in its entirety to become uniquely attractive for all seekers of pure knowledge.
Historical sources indicate that the University had a long and illustrious life which lasted almost continually for 800 years from the fifth to the twelfth century CE. It was a completely residential university believed to have 2,000 teachers and 10,000 students. The Nalanda ruins reveal through their architectural components the holistic nature of knowledge that was sought and imparted at this University. It suggests a seamless co-existence between nature and man and between living and learning. Close to the end of the twelfth century Nalanda was destroyed by invaders.
So let’s watch some more pictures of Nalanda University and witness the beauty that dwells in India :
All the photos are just above the skies. I forgot to tell the best fact or you can say rumour about the University. It was believed that when invaders burnt the University then it kept on burning for almost 6 months because of the storage of granaries, papers and other stuffs in the university.
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