Karnasubarna: A centre of ancient Buddhist learning

If archaeology fascinates you and history gets you going, pack your bags and head for Karnasubarna in Murshidabad district

Shashanka, the controversial Bengali monarch who ruled over the kingdom of Gaur from 600 to 638 and checked the eastward march of the imperial armies of Gupta king Harshavardhana, had his capital here.

Karnasubarna is now home to the ruins of the ancient Buddhist university of Raktamrittika. The famous Chinese traveller, Xuanzang (Hsuen Tsang), who toured India in the seventh Century, mentioned this university in his travelogues as an important centre of learning of the Vajrayani Buddhists

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