It is located about 1 km from the famous Nalanda University ruins, the site is believed by 'Digambar Jains' to be the birthplace of Lord Mahavira, the final 'Tirthanker' and founder of Jainism. He was the only son of Maharaja Siddharth and Maharani Trishla. The temple complex has three white temples with idols of Lord Mahavira.
Established in 1971, the Archaeological Museum is situated in front of the famous ancient centre of learning in Nalanda. Their collection comprises of a small yet beautiful range of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain statues, sculpted in bronze. They also possess a number of undamaged statues of Lord Buddha. Two huge terracotta jars of the first century are kept for display behind the museum in a shaded enclosure. Other collection includes copper plates and stone inscriptions, coins, pottery, and samples of burnt rice (12th century AD), found in the ruins.
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