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'Excavated Remains of Nalanda Mahavihara' gets inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO
"The Excavated Remains at Nalanda" got included in the Tentative List of World Heritage on 09.01.2009. The nomination dossier for 'Excavated Remains of Nalanda Mahavihara' was prepared by the ASI and submitted in January 2015 to the World Heritage Committee for the purpose of its inscription in the year 2016.

Now, according to a release by Union Ministry of Culture and Tourism, on 15 July 2016 it has got inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The "Excavated remains of Nalanda Mahavihara", the great monastic-cum-scholastic establishment, are located around 88 km away from Patna, state capital of Bihar in India. It presents a key archaeological evidence of a truly international centre for organised learning. 

Nalanda Mahavihara was founded by Kumargupta I of the Gupta dynasty in 5th century CE. It was patronized by various rulers including King Harshavardhana of Kannauj (7th century CE) and the Pala rulers (8th - 12th century CE) as well as various scholars. Later, number of factors spread over centuries caused the decline of this famed institution.

The same region, later, saw emergence of a number of reputed educational institutions like Vikramshila and Odantpuri but the eminence of Nalanda remains unrivaled. About six centuries after Nalanda's decline, the site was first discovered and reported by Sir Francis Buchanan. The site was systematically excavated and consolidated by Archaeological Survey of India from 1915 to 1937 and again from 1974 to 1982. 

All surviving remains of Nalanda Mahavihara in the proposed property area demonstrate amply the attributes of the property such as its planning and layout, its architectural manifestation and extant building materials and applied ornamental embellishments.

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