|Location||Lakhisarai district, Bihar, India|
|Built||8th-9th century CE|
|Governing body||Archaeological Survey of India|
Krimila was a Buddhist religious and administrative centre now located in what is now Lakhisarai district of Bihar. The area is around 25–30 square kilometres and the city has a large number of historical monuments, particularly Buddhist Stupas and Hindu temples. Beglar and Cunningham explored the area and reported the antiquity of the region in the 19th century.
The site was built sometime during the Gupta or Pala-period in the Magadh region. The monastery at the site was known as Srimaddharmaviharik aryabhiksusanghasya which translates as "the council of monks of Srimaddharma Vihara". The monastery was mentioned Xuanzang during his travels through the region. He also stated that the Buddha himself stayed here. Recent evidence has also led to speculation that the monastery was led by a female monk called Vijayshree Bhadra.
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