there is a modern temple of Surya, where we have a collection of a number of Brahmanical
and Buddhist images like Surya, Vishnu, Siva- Parvati,Avalokitesvara, Parvati, etc.
In a tank nearby many Buddhist and Brahmanical gods, including mukha- lingams, have been
found. At Jagdishpur, about two miles to the south- west of the excavations, there is a
large image of Buddha seated under a Bodhi tree and a number of incidents of Lord Buddha's
life are sculptured oil the top of the back slab which supports this, colossal figure of
The Nalanda museum has an exclusive collection of images of the, Pala, Gupta
and other periods. The images are either Buddhistic or Brahmanical and several of them
show clear Tantric influence. Some of the images are in bronze. The Buddha images are of
various types and so are the images of the Bodhisattvas. There are some images of common
types of Manjushri Bodhisattvas. There are also finely executed images of Jambhala, the
Buddhist (rod of wealth, Tara Prajnapara- mita, Marichi, Hariti, Srasvati, Aparajita, etc.
Brahmanical images include those of Vishnu, Balarama, Siva-Parvati, Surya, Durga,
Mahishasurmardini, Revanta, Ganesha, etc.
The museum has also a collection of copper plates, stone inscriptions, and brick
inscriptions, ceiling plaques, coins, carved bricks, pottery and small heaps of burnt
rice. Nalanda naturally attracts thousands of visitors who draw great inspiration from the
surroundings and the findings and go back with nostalgic memories of what a great
temple-city Nalanda once was.