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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

The monasteries and the university at Nalanda had a long line of great scholars, some of whom have been mentioned. One of them was Dignaga, the founder of the mediaeval school of logic. Dharmapala was another great scholar who had just retired before Hiuen Tsang's arrival. Silabhadra was the head of the Nalanda monasteries when Hiuen Tsang visited the place.

Silabhadra was probably succeeded by Dharmakirti, who is said to have defeated Kumaralila, a renowned Brahmanical philosopher. Padmasambhava, a great Buddhist scholar from Nalanda, had visited Tibet. He is credited with having founded the institution of Lamaism in Tibet. Another Nalanda scholar, Santarakshita, had also visited Tibet and stayed on there till his death in 762.

There are also a large number of authoritative epigraphic and literary references, which help one in the reconstruction of the history of Nalanda.  Some of the images with inscriptions and copper plates are preserved in the Patna and Nalanda museums.

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