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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
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NALANDA

Suvishnu, a Brahmanacontemporary of Nagarjuna, was supposed to have built 108 temples at Nalanda to prevent the decline of both the Hinayana and the Mahayana schools of Buddhism.Aryadeva, a philosopher of the Madhyamika School of Buddhism (Fourth Century A.D.), Asanga, a Buddhist philosopher of the Yogachara school (Fifth Century A.D.) and Vasubandhu (brother of Asanga) were actively associated with Nalanda.The excavations at Nalanda, according to the archaeologists, do not, however, reveal anything substantial to suggest the occupation of the site before the Guptas.

The  copper plates of Samudragupta and the coin of Kumaragupta, discovered in the course of the excavations, are the earliest datable finds. According to Hiuen Tsang, one Sakraditya built a monastery at Nalanda and several of his successors, namely, Buddhagupta, Tathagatagupta, Baladitya and Vajra built somemonasteries nearby. Sakraditya has been identified with Mahendraditya, i.e., Kumaragupta I (c. 413-455). Buddhagupta seems to be the same as Buddhagupta (c. 476-96) and Baladitya seems to be the king who had to encounter the Huna chief, Mihirakula, early in the Sixth Century.

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