Nalanda, in eastern India's Bihar state, was once the most important Buddhist monastery in the world. The six excavated temples there are oriented approximately to the cardinal directions, but their east–west axes are tilted more than 4° south of east. Other key Buddhist temples within the same cultural milieu (Bodhgaya, Vikramasila, Somapura, and Samye) are similarly oriented a few degrees south of east. As M. B. Rajani and Viraj Kumar argue in Nalanda: A Tale in the Twist, this demands an explanation, because a method to orient structures to within 0.5° of the cardinal directions was known in the region for several centuries prior to the construction...
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Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2019) 78 (4): 390–391.
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In This Issue. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2019; 78 (4): 390–391. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2019.78.4.390
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