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  • Dikshu

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    February 27, 2024 at 5:20 pm
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    Nalanda University, which was one of the most renowned centers of learning in ancient India, was destroyed by a combination of factors, including invasions and the subsequent sacking of the institution. The most notable destruction of Nalanda University occurred in the 12th century CE at the hands of a Turkic Muslim army led by Bakhtiyar Khilji, a general of the Delhi Sultanate.

    In 1193 CE, Bakhtiyar Khilji attacked Nalanda and set fire to its buildings, resulting in the destruction of the ancient university. The attack led to the dispersal of the scholars and students and marked the decline of Nalanda as a center of learning. While the exact extent of the destruction is debated, historical accounts suggest that the vast library and numerous monastic buildings were severely damaged or destroyed.

    It is important to note that Nalanda University had faced previous attacks and periods of decline before the final destruction by Bakhtiyar Khilji. Nonetheless, his invasion is often associated with the end of Nalanda University as a thriving educational institution.

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