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Vikramashila

Vikramashila (Sanskrit: विक्रमशिला Devanagari: विक्रमशिला, IAST: Vikramaśilā) was one of the three most important Buddhist monasteries in India during the Pala Empire, along with Nalanda and Odantapuri. Its location is now the site of Antichak village, Bhagalpur district in Bihar.

Vikramashila
Ruins of Vikramashila Mahavihara
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LocationBihar, India
Coordinates25°19′29″N87°17′05″E /25.32472°N 87.28472°E /25.32472; 87.28472Coordinates: 25°19′29″N87°17′05″E /25.32472°N 87.28472°E /25.32472; 87.28472
TypeCentre of learning
History
Founded8th–9th century CE
Abandoned13th century CE
EventsDestroyed by Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khalji around 1193

Vikramashila was established by the Pala emperor Dharmapala (783 to 820 AD) in response to a supposed decline in the quality of scholarship at Nalanda. Atiśa, the renowned pandita and philosopher, is listed as a notable abbot. It was destroyed by the forces of Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khalji around 1193.

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A number of monasteries grew up during the Pāla period in ancient Bengal and Magadha. According to Tibetan sources, five great Mahaviharas stood out: Vikramashila, the premier university of the era; Nalanda, past its prime but still illustrious, Somapura, Odantapura, and Jagaddala. The five monasteries formed a network; "all of them were under state supervision" and there existed "a system of co-ordination among them. It seems from the evidence that the different seats of Buddhist learning that functioned in eastern India under the Pāla were regarded together as forming a network, an interlinked group of institutions," and it was common for great scholars to move easily from position to position among them.

Vikramashila was founded by Pāla king Dharmapala in the late 8th or early 9th century. It prospered for about four centuries before it was destroyed by Bakhtiyar Khilji along with the other major centres of Buddhism in India around 1193.

Vikramashila is known to us mainly through Tibetan sources, especially the writings of Tāranātha, the Tibetan monk historian of the 16th–17th centuries.

Vikramashila was one of the largest Buddhist universities, with more than one hundred teachers and about one thousand students. It produced eminent scholars who were often invited by foreign countries to spread Buddhist learning, culture and religion. The most distinguished and eminent among all was Atisha Dipankara, a founder of the Sarma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Subjects like philosophy, grammar, metaphysics, Indian logic etc. were taught here, but the most important branch of learning was Buddhist tantra.

According to scholar Sukumar Dutt, Vikramashila appears to have had a more clearly delineated hierarchy than other mahaviharas, as follows:

  • Abbot (Adhyakṣa)
  • Six gate protectors or gate scholars (Dvārapāla or Dvārapaṇḍita), one each for the Eastern, Western, First Central, Second Central, Northern, and Southern Gates
  • Great Scholars (Mahapaṇḍita)
  • Scholars (Paṇḍita), roughly 108 in number
  • Professors or Teachers (Upādhyāya or Āchārya), roughly 160 in number including paṇḍits
  • Resident monks (bhikṣu), roughly 1,000 in number

According to Tāranātha, at Vikramashila's peak during the reign of King Chanaka (955–83), the dvārapāla were as follows: Ratnākaraśānti (Eastern Gate), Vāgīsvarakīrti (Western Gate), Ratnavajra (First Central Gate), Jñanasrimitra (Second Central Gate), Naropa (Northern Gate), and Prajñākaramati (Southern Gate). If this is correct, it must have been toward the end of Chanaka's reign given the generally accepted dates for Naropa (956–1041).[citation needed]

Tantric preceptors

Vikramaśīla was a centre for Vajrayana and employed Tantric preceptors. The first was Buddhajñānapāda, followed by Dīpaṁkarabhadra and Jayabhadra. The first two were active during Dharmapāla's reign, the third in the early to mid portion of the 9th century. Jayabhadra, a monk from Sri Lanka, was the first prominent commentator on the Cakrasamvara tantra. Śrīdhara was the next preceptor, followed by Bhavabhaṭṭa. The latter, also a prominent commentator on Cakrasamvara, may have been the mahāsiddha Bhadrapāda. He in turn was succeeded by three more prominent Cakrasamvara commentators, Bhavyakīrti, Durjayachandra, and Tathāgatarakṣita. Durjayachandra collaborated with the renowned Tibetan translator Rinchen Zangpo and his commentary became particularly important for the Sakya school, and Tathāgatarakṣita collaborated with Rin-chen grags.

In chronological order:

  1. Buddhajñānapāda
  2. Dīpaṁkarabhadra
  3. Jayabhadra
  4. Śrīdhara
  5. Bhavabhaṭṭa
  6. Bhavyakīrti
  7. Līlavājra
  8. Durjaychandra
  9. Samayavajra
  10. Tathāgatarakṣita
  11. Bodhibhadra
  12. Kamalarakṣita
Ancient site of the monastery

The remains of the ancient university have been partially excavated in Bhagalpur district, Bihar state, India, and the process is still underway. Meticulous excavation at the site was conducted initially by B. P. Sinha of Patna University (1960–69) and subsequently by Archaeological Survey of India (1972–82). It has revealed a huge square monastery with a cruciform stupa in its centre, a library building and cluster of votive stupas. To the north of monastery a number of scattered structures including a Tibetan and a Hindu temple have been found. The entire spread is over an area of more than one hundred acres.[citation needed]

The monastery, or residence for the Buddhist monks, is a huge square structure, each side measuring 330 metres having a series of 208 cells, 52 on each of the four sides opening into a common verandah. A few brick arched underground chambers beneath some of the cells have also been noticed which were probably meant for confined meditation by the monks.

The main stupa built for the purpose of worship is a brick structure laid in mud mortar which stands in the centre of the square monastery. This two-terraced stupa is cruciform on plan and about 15 metres high from the ground level accessible through a flight of steps on the north side. On each of the four cardinal directions there is a protruding chamber with a pillared antechamber and a separate pillared mandapa in front. In the four chambers of the stupa were placed colossal stucco images of seated Buddha of which three were found in situ but the remaining one on north side was possibly replaced by a stone image after the clay image was somehow damaged.[citation needed]

About 32 metres south of the monastery on its south west corner and attached with the main monastery through a narrow corridor is a rectangular structure identified as a library building. It was air-conditioned by cooled water of the adjoining reservoir through a range of vents in the back wall. The system was perhaps meant for preserving delicate manuscripts.

A large number of antiquities of different materials, unearthed from this place in the course of excavation, are displayed in the site museum maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.[citation needed]

Atisa, one of the abbots of Vikramashila

Some of the figures who either studied or taught at Vikramashila include:

Main stupa at the centre

The Stupa is a sacred solid structure raised over the body remains or belongings of Buddha or a distinguished monk; or to commemorate any event associated with them. But some stupas are merely symbolic made for worship by the monks. A votive stupa is a miniature stupa erected by a devotee in gratitude of fulfilment of his desire.

The Vikramashila stupa built for the purpose of worship is a brick structure laid in mud mortar and stands in the centre of the square monastery. This two terraced stupa is cruciform on plan and about 15 metres high from the ground level. The lower terrace is about 2.25 metres high from the ground level and the upper terrace is at a similar height from the lower side. At both terraces there is a circumambulatory path, the lower about 4.5 metres wide and the upper about 3 metres wide.

The main stupa placed over the upper terrace is accessible through a flight of steps on the north side on each of the four cardinal directions. There is a protruding chamber with a pillared antechamber and a separate pillared mandapa in front, placed beyond the circumambulatory passage. In the four chambers of stupa were placed colossal stucco images of seated Buddha of which three were found in situ, but the remaining of the north side was possibly replaced by a stone image after the clay image was somehow damaged. All the stucco images are unfortunately broken above the waist. The images are placed over a brick pedestal having traces of painting in red and black pigments. The walls and floors of the chamber and antechamber were plastered with lime.

The wall carvings of various deities

The walls of both the terraces are decorated with mouldings and terracotta plaques which testify the high excellence of terracotta art flourishing in the region during Pal period (8th to 12th centuries). The plaques depict many Buddhist deities like Buddha, Avalokiteshvara, Manjusri, Maitreya, Jambala, Marichi, and Tara, scenes related to Buddhism, some social and hunting scenes, and a few Hindu deities like Vishnu, Parvati, Ardhanarisvara and Hanuman. Many human figures, like those of ascetics, yogis, preachers, drummers, warriors, archers, snake charmers, etc., and animal figures like monkeys, elephants, horses, deer, boar, panthers, lions, wolves, and birds, are also depicted.[citation needed]

The architecture of the stupa and the terracotta plaques bear great resemblance to the Somapura Mahavihara, Paharpur (Bangladesh) which, too, was founded by the same king Dharmapala. In plan both are very much alike with the significant difference that Somapura is centred on a central temple rather than a stupa. Vikramashila monastery is also larger and has fort-like projections on its outer wall.[citation needed]

Vikramashila was neglected for years which contributed to the extensive damage to the monument. The Archeological Survey of India is now planning to develop the excavated site of Vikramashila.

Since 2009, there has been considerable work in maintaining and beautifying the place to attract tourism. There has been inflow of western tourist as well, during their river cruises on the Ganga River.[citation needed]

It has been a long-time demand of local people for revival of this university like Nalanda university. In 2015, prime minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 500 crore package for it, while state Government had to provide around 500 acres land which was yet to be done. President Pranab Mukherjee visited the excavated ruins of Vikramshila university in 2017. He addressed a public gathering at the university, saying that he would talk to the Prime minister for its revival.

The Vikramashila site is the place for Vikramashila Mahotsav, which is held annually during the month of February.[citation needed]

The nearest big town is Kahalgaon about 13 km, It is approachable through 11 km long motorable road diverting from NH-80 at Anadipur, about 2 km from Kahalgaon. Bikramshila railway station and Kahalgaon railway station are situated on the Sahibganj Loop line near the area.

Lately river cruises from Kolkata to Varanasi have started, which also stop by the Vikramashila ruins.

An Indian Railways train recognises this place by running a Train No. 12367/12368 Vikramshila Express that runs from Anand Vihar, Delhi to Bhagalpur, Bihar.

  • Ruins of Vikramashila
  • The Vikramashila Museum at the entrance of the Excavation site. It holds many exhibits which have been excavated from the ruins, these include monuments, art figures, utensils, coins, weapons and jewellery.

  • The view of the entrance from the Stupa.

  • Pillars at Vikramashila University

  • Landscape of Vikramashila Ruins, the seating and meditation area

  • Vikramashila History on excavation location

  • Maintenance work going on to beautify the place

  • Gardens around the main stupa

  • A stone structure at the ruins

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Vikramashila
Vikramashila Language Watch Edit Vikramashila Sanskrit व क रमश ल Devanagari व क रमश ल IAST Vikramasila was one of the three most important Buddhist monasteries in India during the Pala Empire along with Nalanda and Odantapuri Its location is now the site of Antichak village Bhagalpur district in Bihar 1 VikramashilaRuins of Vikramashila MahaviharaShown within IndiaShow map of IndiaVikramashila Bihar Show map of BiharLocationBihar IndiaCoordinates25 19 29 N 87 17 05 E 25 32472 N 87 28472 E 25 32472 87 28472 Coordinates 25 19 29 N 87 17 05 E 25 32472 N 87 28472 E 25 32472 87 28472TypeCentre of learningHistoryFounded8th 9th century CEAbandoned13th century CEEventsDestroyed by Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khalji around 1193 Vikramashila was established by the Pala emperor Dharmapala 783 to 820 AD in response to a supposed decline in the quality of scholarship at Nalanda Atisa the renowned pandita and philosopher is listed as a notable abbot It was destroyed by the forces of Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khalji around 1193 2 3 Contents 1 History 2 Organisation 2 1 Tantric preceptors 3 Layout and excavation 4 Historical figures associated with Vikramashila 5 The Stupa 6 Restoration work 7 Cultural activities 8 How to reach there 9 In popular culture 10 Gallery 11 See also 12 References 13 External linksHistory EditA number of monasteries grew up during the Pala period in ancient Bengal and Magadha According to Tibetan sources five great Mahaviharas stood out Vikramashila the premier university of the era Nalanda past its prime but still illustrious Somapura Odantapura and Jagaddala 4 The five monasteries formed a network all of them were under state supervision and there existed a system of co ordination among them It seems from the evidence that the different seats of Buddhist learning that functioned in eastern India under the Pala were regarded together as forming a network an interlinked group of institutions and it was common for great scholars to move easily from position to position among them 5 Vikramashila was founded by Pala king Dharmapala in the late 8th or early 9th century It prospered for about four centuries before it was destroyed by Bakhtiyar Khilji along with the other major centres of Buddhism in India around 1193 6 7 Vikramashila is known to us mainly through Tibetan sources especially the writings of Taranatha the Tibetan monk historian of the 16th 17th centuries 8 Vikramashila was one of the largest Buddhist universities with more than one hundred teachers and about one thousand students It produced eminent scholars who were often invited by foreign countries to spread Buddhist learning culture and religion The most distinguished and eminent among all was Atisha Dipankara a founder of the Sarma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism Subjects like philosophy grammar metaphysics Indian logic etc were taught here but the most important branch of learning was Buddhist tantra 9 Organisation EditAccording to scholar Sukumar Dutt Vikramashila appears to have had a more clearly delineated hierarchy than other mahaviharas as follows 10 Abbot Adhyakṣa Six gate protectors or gate scholars Dvarapala or Dvarapaṇḍita one each for the Eastern Western First Central Second Central Northern and Southern Gates Great Scholars Mahapaṇḍita Scholars Paṇḍita roughly 108 in number Professors or Teachers Upadhyaya or Acharya roughly 160 in number including paṇḍits Resident monks bhikṣu roughly 1 000 in number According to Taranatha at Vikramashila s peak during the reign of King Chanaka 955 83 the dvarapala were as follows Ratnakarasanti Eastern Gate Vagisvarakirti Western Gate Ratnavajra First Central Gate Jnanasrimitra Second Central Gate Naropa Northern Gate and Prajnakaramati Southern Gate 10 If this is correct it must have been toward the end of Chanaka s reign given the generally accepted dates for Naropa 956 1041 citation needed Tantric preceptors Edit Vikramasila was a centre for Vajrayana and employed Tantric preceptors The first was Buddhajnanapada followed by Dipaṁkarabhadra and Jayabhadra 11 The first two were active during Dharmapala s reign the third in the early to mid portion of the 9th century Jayabhadra a monk from Sri Lanka was the first prominent commentator on the Cakrasamvara tantra 11 Sridhara was the next preceptor followed by Bhavabhaṭṭa 12 The latter also a prominent commentator on Cakrasamvara may have been the mahasiddha Bhadrapada 13 He in turn was succeeded by three more prominent Cakrasamvara commentators Bhavyakirti Durjayachandra and Tathagatarakṣita 13 Durjayachandra collaborated with the renowned Tibetan translator Rinchen Zangpo and his commentary became particularly important for the Sakya school and Tathagatarakṣita collaborated with Rin chen grags 13 In chronological order Buddhajnanapada Dipaṁkarabhadra Jayabhadra Sridhara Bhavabhaṭṭa Bhavyakirti Lilavajra Durjaychandra Samayavajra Tathagatarakṣita Bodhibhadra KamalarakṣitaLayout and excavation Edit Ancient site of the monastery The remains of the ancient university have been partially excavated in Bhagalpur district Bihar state India and the process is still underway Meticulous excavation at the site was conducted initially by B P Sinha of Patna University 1960 69 and subsequently by Archaeological Survey of India 1972 82 It has revealed a huge square monastery with a cruciform stupa in its centre a library building and cluster of votive stupas 14 To the north of monastery a number of scattered structures including a Tibetan and a Hindu temple have been found The entire spread is over an area of more than one hundred acres citation needed The monastery or residence for the Buddhist monks is a huge square structure each side measuring 330 metres having a series of 208 cells 52 on each of the four sides opening into a common verandah A few brick arched underground chambers beneath some of the cells have also been noticed which were probably meant for confined meditation by the monks The main stupa built for the purpose of worship is a brick structure laid in mud mortar which stands in the centre of the square monastery This two terraced stupa is cruciform on plan and about 15 metres high from the ground level accessible through a flight of steps on the north side On each of the four cardinal directions there is a protruding chamber with a pillared antechamber and a separate pillared mandapa in front In the four chambers of the stupa were placed colossal stucco images of seated Buddha of which three were found in situ but the remaining one on north side was possibly replaced by a stone image after the clay image was somehow damaged citation needed About 32 metres south of the monastery on its south west corner and attached with the main monastery through a narrow corridor is a rectangular structure identified as a library building It was air conditioned by cooled water of the adjoining reservoir through a range of vents in the back wall The system was perhaps meant for preserving delicate manuscripts A large number of antiquities of different materials unearthed from this place in the course of excavation are displayed in the site museum maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India citation needed Historical figures associated with Vikramashila Edit Atisa one of the abbots of Vikramashila Some of the figures who either studied or taught at Vikramashila include Abhayakaragupta 15 Anandagarbha 16 Atisa 17 Drogmi Jnanasrimitra 18 Haribhadra 19 Naropa 20 Ratnakarasanti 21 RatnakirtiThe Stupa Edit Main stupa at the centre The Stupa is a sacred solid structure raised over the body remains or belongings of Buddha or a distinguished monk or to commemorate any event associated with them But some stupas are merely symbolic made for worship by the monks A votive stupa is a miniature stupa erected by a devotee in gratitude of fulfilment of his desire The Vikramashila stupa built for the purpose of worship is a brick structure laid in mud mortar and stands in the centre of the square monastery This two terraced stupa is cruciform on plan and about 15 metres high from the ground level The lower terrace is about 2 25 metres high from the ground level and the upper terrace is at a similar height from the lower side At both terraces there is a circumambulatory path the lower about 4 5 metres wide and the upper about 3 metres wide 22 The main stupa placed over the upper terrace is accessible through a flight of steps on the north side on each of the four cardinal directions There is a protruding chamber with a pillared antechamber and a separate pillared mandapa in front placed beyond the circumambulatory passage In the four chambers of stupa were placed colossal stucco images of seated Buddha of which three were found in situ but the remaining of the north side was possibly replaced by a stone image after the clay image was somehow damaged All the stucco images are unfortunately broken above the waist The images are placed over a brick pedestal having traces of painting in red and black pigments The walls and floors of the chamber and antechamber were plastered with lime The wall carvings of various deities The walls of both the terraces are decorated with mouldings and terracotta plaques which testify the high excellence of terracotta art flourishing in the region during Pal period 8th to 12th centuries The plaques depict many Buddhist deities like Buddha Avalokiteshvara Manjusri Maitreya Jambala Marichi and Tara scenes related to Buddhism some social and hunting scenes and a few Hindu deities like Vishnu Parvati Ardhanarisvara and Hanuman Many human figures like those of ascetics yogis preachers drummers warriors archers snake charmers etc and animal figures like monkeys elephants horses deer boar panthers lions wolves and birds are also depicted citation needed The architecture of the stupa and the terracotta plaques bear great resemblance to the Somapura Mahavihara Paharpur Bangladesh which too was founded by the same king Dharmapala In plan both are very much alike with the significant difference that Somapura is centred on a central temple rather than a stupa Vikramashila monastery is also larger and has fort like projections on its outer wall citation needed Restoration work EditVikramashila was neglected for years which contributed to the extensive damage to the monument The Archeological Survey of India is now planning to develop the excavated site of Vikramashila 8 23 24 Since 2009 there has been considerable work in maintaining and beautifying the place to attract tourism There has been inflow of western tourist as well during their river cruises on the Ganga River citation needed It has been a long time demand of local people for revival of this university like Nalanda university In 2015 prime minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 500 crore package for it while state Government had to provide around 500 acres land which was yet to be done President Pranab Mukherjee visited the excavated ruins of Vikramshila university in 2017 He addressed a public gathering at the university saying that he would talk to the Prime minister for its revival 25 Cultural activities EditThe Vikramashila site is the place for Vikramashila Mahotsav which is held annually during the month of February citation needed How to reach there EditThe nearest big town is Kahalgaon about 13 km It is approachable through 11 km long motorable road diverting from NH 80 at Anadipur about 2 km from Kahalgaon Bikramshila railway station and Kahalgaon railway station are situated on the Sahibganj Loop line near the area Lately river cruises from Kolkata to Varanasi have started which also stop by the Vikramashila ruins 26 In popular culture EditAn Indian Railways train recognises this place by running a Train No 12367 12368 Vikramshila Express that runs from Anand Vihar Delhi to Bhagalpur Bihar Gallery EditRuins of Vikramashila The Vikramashila Museum at the entrance of the Excavation site It holds many exhibits which have been excavated from the ruins these include monuments art figures utensils coins weapons and jewellery The view of the entrance from the Stupa Pillars at Vikramashila University Landscape of Vikramashila Ruins the seating and meditation area Vikramashila History on excavation location Maintenance work going on to beautify the place Gardens around the main stupa A stone structure at the ruinsSee also EditNalanda Odantapuri Pala EmpireReferences Edit Anupam Hitendra 2001 Significance of Tibetan Sources in the Study of Odantapuri and Vikaramsila Mahavihars Proceedings of the Indian History Congress 61 424 428 JSTOR 44148119 Alexis Sanderson 2009 The Saiva Age The Rise and Dominance of Saivism during the Early Medieval Period In Einoo Shingo ed Genesis and Development of Tantrism Tokyo Institute of Oriental Culture University of Tokyo p 89 Eaton Richard 22 December 2000 Temple desecration in pre modern India Frontline 17 25 62 70 Vajrayogini Her Visualization Rituals and Forms by Elizabeth English Wisdom Publications ISBN 0 86171 329 X pg 15 Buddhist Monks And Monasteries Of India Their History And Contribution To Indian Culture by Dutt Sukumar George Allen and Unwin Ltd London 1962 pg 352 3 Organiser Content swap stanford edu Scott David May 1995 Buddhism and Islam Past to Present Encounters and Interfaith Lessons Numen 42 2 141 155 doi 10 1163 1568527952598657 JSTOR 3270172 a b Excavated Remains at Nalanda UNESCO World Heritage Centre Retrieved 13 July 2012 O C Handa Omacanda Haṇḍa Buddhist Western Himalaya A politico religious history Indus Publishing 2001 p 337 a b Buddhist Monks And Monasteries Of India Their History And Contribution To Indian Culture by Dutt Sukumar George Allen and Unwin Ltd London 1962 pg 360 61 a b The Cakrasamvara Tantra The Discourse of Sri Heruka A Study and Annotated Translation by David B Gray Columbia University 2007 pgs 11 12 The Chakrasamvara Tantra The Discourse of Sri Heruka A Study and Annotated Translation by David B Gray Columbia University 2007 pgs 21 22 a b c The Cakrasamvara Tantra The Discourse of Sri Heruk A Study and Annotated Translation by David B Gray Columbia University 2007 pg 12 Chaudhary Pranava K 10 October 2009 ASI to develop ancient site of Vikramshila Mahavihara The Times of India Steven Kossak Jane Casey Singer Robert Bruce Gardner Metropolitan Museum of Art New York N Y Museum Rietberg 1998 Sacred Visions Early Paintings from Central Tibet Metropolitan Museum of Art p 10 ISBN 978 0 87099 862 1 Chattopadhyaya Alaka Chimpa Lama Chattopadhyaya Debiprasad 2018 Taranatha s History of Buddhism in India Motilal Banarsidass p 285 ISBN 9788120834705 Jan Westerhoff 2018 The Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy Oxford University Press p 276 ISBN 978 0 19 873266 2 Lawrence J McCrea Parimal G Patil Jnanasrimitra 2010 Buddhist Philosophy of Language in India Columbia University Press pp 3 4 ISBN 978 0 231 15094 1 Padmanabh Jaini 1972 The Aloka of Haribhadra and the Saratama of Ratnakarasanti A Comparative Study of the Two Commentaries of the Aṣṭasahasrika Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London 35 271 284 Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche 1997 Songs of Naropa Commentaries on Songs of Realization Rangjung Yeshe Publications pp 77 78 ISBN 978 962 7341 28 4 John J Makransky 1 January 1997 Buddhahood Embodied Sources of Controversy in India and Tibet SUNY Press pp 271 273 ISBN 978 0 7914 3431 4 Kuranishi Kenichi 2016 A Study on Scholarly Activities in the Last Period of the Vikramasila Monastery Quotations in Ratnarakṣita s Padmini Oriental Culture Archive for Vikramshila University Bihar tourism com 11 October 2009 Retrieved 13 July 2012 Rajesh Kumar 11 October 2009 ASI team visits ancient Vikramshila varisty sic site The Times of India Pranab hopeful of reviving Vikramshila University The Hindu 3 April 2017 Chaudhary Pranava K 28 November 2009 River cruise boosts Bihar handicrafts sale The Times of India External links Edit Media related to 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