Monday, December 21, 2009

Paying tribute to Xuanzang

The site was discovered by Archaeologists based on the travel accounts of Xuanzang from the 7th century. It is evident from the records that Xuanzang stayed briefly at Kulika (now Juafardih) an outhouse of Nalanda Mahasangharama before he was brought to Nalanda Mahasangharama with all respect and fanfare. Since it was his records that helped us rediscover Nalanda, it would only be appropriate to dedicate a pathway his name. This would be a nice way to honor a great man and it would attract other followers who are familiar with his accomplishments and pursued his translations of Buddha’s teachings. The present entrance is artificially created to facilitate tourism. Opening the entrance from the western side would be in consonance to the literary evidence.

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