Nalanda ruins illuminates in Tricolour to mark 100 crore vaccination on Dussehra festival

Patna: The ruins of Nalanda were illuminated on the eve of Dussehra festival to celebrate the feat of administering 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses.

The monument, a world heritage site located in Nalanda district was lit on the evening of October 14 and will again be lit on October 15, the day the 100-crore doses mark is expected to cross.

The monument illuminating in Tricolour turned to be an eye catching event for the people who instead of visiting puja pandal thronged at the site of the ruins to enjoy its glimpse. 

Some of the villagers of the adjoining villages Mohanpur , Nirmal Bigha, Shobha Bigha, Surajpur, Badgaon, Neerpur and others were seen capturing the glimpse of the event in their mobile cameras.

The Nalanda ruins was illuminated as per the decision of the centre which had planned to celebrate the feat of administering 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses by lighting up 100 monuments across the country in the colours of the national flag on the occasion of Dussehra festival.

For the event the team of Archeological Survey of India ( ASI)  was on its toes to make it a memorable event.

The monument, for the gala event was ready on October 14 and was lit in the evening. It would again be lit on the day the country achieves 100 crore mark.
Around 96.6 crore vaccine doses have been administered till Wednesday and the 100-crore mark is expected to be achieved on October 15, on Dussehra.
According to Goutami Bhattacharya , ASI Patna circle superintending archaeologist , the ASI was 
asked to light the excavated ruins of Nalanda Mahavihara, Sher Shah’s Tomb in Sasaram, and the ancestral house of the first President Rajendra Prasad.

The 100 monuments which were illuminated include 17 Unesco World Heritage Sites, including the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar in Delhi, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, Konark Temple in Odisha, Mamallapuram Rath temples in Tamil Nadu, St Francis of Assisi Church in Goa, Khajuraho, the forts of Chittor and Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan, the excavated ruins of the ancient Nalanda University in Bihar and Dholavira (recently accorded world heritage status) in Gujarat. Metcalfe Hall and Currency Building in Calcutta were also in the list.