Friday, 27 December 2013

Nalanda Archaelogical Museum Bihar India


Nalanda Archaelogical Museum, established in 1971, the Nalanda archeological museum is situated in front of the ruins of the famous ancient learning centre of Nalanda. The archaeological museum of Nalanda(Bihar) possesses the treasures of Buddhism in the form of stuffs related to the Buddha. The museum has a rare and beautiful collection of Buddha's bronze statues, copper plates, manuscripts, stone inscriptions, pottery, coins and images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. With two terra cotta jars or pots (1st century CE) standing just behind the museum, the place also owns unique samples of burnt rice, which dates back to the 12th century CE. The museum remains closed on Fridays, while on other days the visitors are allowed to view the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nalanda, which literally means, 'insatiable in giving'(A name of the Buddha) is a major Buddhist pilgrimage. Nalanda, situated 93 Kilometers southeast of Patna, the capital of Bihar, is famous for the ancient learning centre of the monastic university. Established in the 5th century BCE, the university was the pillar of Buddhism in India, and its fall in the 12th century CE brought the decline of Buddhism in India.

Nalanda Archaelogical Museum Bihar India