“I reveal a treasure… a treasure that bestows peace. Come walk in my environs and seek thy remedy…”
No doubt enchanting by way of its historical relevance and strategic location, the village of Nepura is however more than a landmark in the evolution of Buddhist legacy. Through the intervention of the Ministry of Tourism and UNDP, this unassuming village has now regained the recognition it deserves, and has been endowed with all facilities so as to cater to the growing number of visitors.
Apart from the countryside delights offered in almost every pastoral setting of India, Nepura distinguishes itself by offering a spiritual connect as well. As the humdrum of life carries on... farmers plough, children play on the sandy patches, women go about their daily chores... the peaceful sight of a few passing monks punctuates the everyday scene, reminding the onlookers of the spiritual core embedded in the seed of humanity. Nepura is in every way a‘journey within’as much as it an ‘outward exploration’ of an outstanding heritage.
While in the village, the legendary tradition of Tussar silk weaving engages the visitor, so do the simple countryside delights. On the outskirts of the village lies the ancient Nalanda University, which is acclaimed to be ‘one of the first great universities in recorded history’ and the‘first seat of Buddhist learning’. Also, close proximity to Rajgir, first capital of the one of the greatest empires to have ruled India-the Magadhan Empire, gives the visitor a chance to discover singular remnants of Jain and Buddhist heritage.
Indeed, Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira spent considerable time at Nalanda, especially in the monsoon season, to give discourses. According to the traditional interpretations of the Buddhist scriptures, Lord Buddha during these visits to Nalanda resided at one of the three mango groves situated here. Discover the ‘Footsteps of the Buddha’and explore the unique cultural legacy preserved in and around Nepura...More informationNalanda and Rajgir are in the heart of 'Footsteps of Lord Buddha' circuit, at a distance of 4 km and 12 km from Nepura respectively. Preserved in this part of the Buddhist circuit are ancient remains of Gupta and Pala art and architecture . Interestingly, the local dialect 'Maghi' is the direct descendant of 'Prakrit', the dialect in which Lord Buddha gave his discourses.