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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

After Hiuen Tsang as many as 11 Chinese and Korean travelers had visited Nalanda. Another pilgrim who stayed at Nalanda for a considerable time was Tsang. He mentions that there were more than 3,000 monks at the Nalanda monastery and that they were supported by more than 200 villages gifted by kings. The older monks helped the younger ones.

A basic knowledge of the Tripitakas was the minimum qualification required of all the monks who came to learn. They were subjected to a severe test before they could be admitted for a course of study. He also mentions about the strict rules of discipline that the monks were observing  and that there daily life was regulated by a water clock.

The Pala emperors, who held East India from the 8th to the 12th Century A.D., had also been very sympathetic to Nalanda and they were known to have established a number of other monasteries in Bihar and other Provinces. One of these was Vikramasila, which is generally identified with Patherghatta in Bhagalpur district. The Odantapuri monastery established by the Palas is said to be atthe site of the modern town of Bihar in Patna districting only five miles from Nalanda.

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