ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

 

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 5, ISSUE : 2, April-June, 2017 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
       

VIKRAMSHILA UNIVERSITY: FORGOTTEN GLORY OF ANCIENT INDIA

Prof. Shyama Nand Singh* Dr. Sudhanshu Kumar Jha**

 
ABSTRACT
Vikramshila,in modern day Bihar, was one of the centers of high learning in India during medieval age. It represented the great tradition of knowledge and continued the legacy of Taxila and Nalanda. Its special contribution was the propagations of Buddhism in Tibet, Pegu and Ceylon. Particularly in Tibet, Vikramshila is said to have contributed to the foundation of Tibetan culture. Vikramshila contributed to the evolution of new sect of Buddhism that dominates much of the Himalayan region. It also proved to be an important center of art, particularly the Pala School of art centered on the use of basalt. The destruction of Vikramshila at the hands of Turks, not only put an end to the bright academic journey of Vikramshila, but also terribly shattered the great Indian tradition of knowledge. The paper seeks to highlight the contribution of the university in a nutshell.
 
KEYWORD
Keywords: Atisha, Bakhtiyar Khilji, Nalanda, Naropa, Pala, Pegu, Taxila, Turks

 

 

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