1300 YEARS OLD HINDU TEMPLE DISCOVERED IN SWAT
1300-year-old Hindu Temple was discovered in the Swat district of Pakistan. It is the first temple of Gandhara civilization discovered in the Swat district. The discovery was made during an excavation at Barikot Ghundai.
Announcing the discovery of 1300 years old Hindu temple, Fazle Khaliq of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Archaeology said that the temple discovered is of Lord Vishnu. It was built by the Hindus 1,300 years ago during the Hindu Shahi period, he said.
The Hindu Shahis of Kabul Shahis (850-1026 CE) was a Hindu dynasty that ruled the Kabul Valley (eastern Afghanistan), Gandhara (modern-day Pakistan), and present-day northwestern India.
Dr. Luka, the head of the Italian archaeological mission, said this was the 1300 years old Hindu temple. This was the first temple of the Ghandhara civilization discovered in the Swat district. Swat district is among the top 20 sites in Pakistan, which is home to every kind of tourism like natural beauty, religious tourism, cultural tourism, and archaeological sites. Several places of worship of Buddhism are also situated in the Swat district.
This astonishing discovery became a breaking news in the news channels and newspapers of India.
SWAT AND TOURISM
Swat district has been a center of tourist attraction. It is an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, close to the Afghan-Pakistan border. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main town in the Swat valley is Mingora. It was a princely state until it was dissolved in 1969. The valley is almost entirely populated by ethnic Afghans/Pashtuns. Swat is a valley with high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes. It is a place of great natural beauty and is popular with tourists.
Natural beauty, cultural heritage, religious and archaeological sites make Swat visible. Because of the Buddhists being found places of worship, Buddhist devotees also arrive in the Swat district. During their excavation, the archaeologists also found traces of cantonment and watchtowers near the temple site. The experts also found a water tank near the temple site. They which believe it was used by the Hindus for bathing before worship. Khaliq said that the Swat district is home to thousand-year-old archaeological sites, and the traces of the Hindu Shahi period have been found for the first time in the area.
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