Heritage

Revisiting Nalanda

Shashank Shekhar Sinha Photographs by Shashank Shekhar Sinha

 

Site 3 or Temple 3, popularly known as the Great Stupa or Sariputra’s Stupa, is the most iconic of all the monuments at the Nalanda site in Bihar. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
The plinth of Temple 2, which was once a huge, imposing structure. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
Carved stone panels of deities and figures, belonging to the late 7th century, that once adorned the plinth of Temple 2. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
One of the minor shrines in the Temple 3 complex. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
Monastery 1, the largest of the monastic dwellings at the site, went through at least nine phases of construction. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
The remains of Monasteries 1A and 1B in the background, which are connected to the Temple 3 complex (in the foreground). Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
Monastery 6. These ruins give one a rough idea of the arrangement of monk cells around a central courtyard. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
Monastery 8. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
Monastery 9. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
Monastery 10. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
Monastery 11. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
The gallery leading to the excavated-enclosed site. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
Miniature shrines and votive stupas in the Temple 12 complex. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
The remains of the stucco images that once adorned the base of the structures in the Temple 3 complex. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
The Nalanda Museum, which was established in 1917. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
A pushkarni, one of the waterbodies lying outside the excavated-enclosed site. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
The famous black Buddha, now enshrined at a temple in Bargaon, is popularly known as the Teliya Baba. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
Temple 12. It comes across as the largest and most complex of the temples in the enclosed area. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
The Xuanxang Memorial Hall, which also houses a museum. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
The new art and craft centre village that lies close to the Xuanzang Memorial Hall. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
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