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- University founded in Magadha in the eighth Century by Dharmapala; regarded as the model for bsam yas. Tarthang
- one of the six Buddhist universities of ancient India
This too perished at the hands of the Muslim invaders.
It is said they mistook the universities with their high walls for fortresses.
In a Tibetan history of the Kalachakra Tantra called dpal dus kyi 'khor lo'i zab pa dang rgya che ba'i dam pa'i chos byung ba'i tshul legs par bshad pa ngo mtshar dad pa'i shing rta, by the Sakya master Jamgon Amye Zhab (1597–1659) ('jam mgon a myes zhabs ngag dbang kun dgad nams), it is mentioned that Odantapuri was administered by "Sendhapas," the Tibetan referent for Sri Lankan Theravadins.
According to Tibetan sources, five great Mahaviharas stood out: Vikramashila, the premier university of the era; Nalanda, past its prime but still illustrious, Somapura Mahavihara, Odantapuri, and Jaggadala.
it seems from the evidence that the different seats of Buddhist learning that functioned in eastern India under the PāLa were regarded together as forming a network, an interlinked group of institutions," and it was common for great scholars to move easily from position to position among them.