Verma, who is also Director of the excavation at the site, said there was an account of three Buddhist temples at Telhara in Ithsing's account which were found during the excavation. Besides, the account mentioned a big platform on which around 1000 Buddhist monks used to sit for prayer, he said. A similar platform has been located during the excavation, he said.
Verma said evidences of both Gupta and Pala period structures, like the one mentioned by Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang, have also been unearthed at Telhara. Seals written with "Teladhak Mahavihara" which was also authenticated by the archaeologist Alexander Cunningham in his report have been found, he said.
Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, who hails from Nalanda district, has visited the site several times to keep himself abreast about the progress of the excavation. He announced that relics from the site would be housed in the proposed International Museum coming up in Patna. Noble laureate Amartya Sen made a trip to the site last week on request of the Chief Minister to have a first hand view of the excavations. (PTI)