On 15 July 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed the renowned ancient Buddhist university – ‘Nālandā Māha Vihāra’ in India – as a “World Heritage Site”.
The UNESCO inscription reads, “the Nālandā Māha Vihāra site comprises the archaeological remains of a monastic and scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE. It includes stupas, shrines, vihāras (residential and educational buildings) and important art works in stucco, stone and metal.
“Nālandā stands out as the most ancient university of the Indian Subcontinent. It engaged in the organized transmission of knowledge over an uninterrupted period of 800 years. The historicity of the site testifies to the development of Buddhism into a religion and the flourishing of Buddhist monastic and educational traditions.”
Watch this short informative video to know more about the origins and history of the famed Nālandā Māha Vihāra, and share it with your friends, too. We thank Bro. Ajita Lim for producing this beautiful video for our learning. Sadhu anumodana!