- The head of the Archaeological Mission of Italy, Drs. Luka said that this is the first temple of Ghandhara civilization discovered in Swat district.
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A Hindu temple, believed to have been built 1,300 years ago, has been discovered by Pakistani and Italian archaeological experts on a mountain in the Swat district of northwestern Pakistan. This discovery was made during an excavation at Barikot Ghandai.
Announcing the Hindu Temple discovery on Thursday, Fazle Khaliq of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Archeology said that the temple discovered is of Lord Vishnu. He said that it was built by Hindus during the Hindu imperial period 1,300 years ago.
The Hindu Shah or Kabul Shahis (8501026 CE) was a Hindu dynasty that ruled the Kabul Valley (eastern Afghanistan), Gandhara (modern-day Pakistan), and present-day northwestern India. During their excavation, archaeologists also found cantonment and sentinel marks near the temple site.
Experts also found a water tank near the temple, which was used to bathe before worship by Hindus. Khaliq said that Swat district is home to thousands of years old archaeological sites and traces of Hindu imperial period have been found for the first time in the area.
The head of the Archaeological Mission of Italy, Drs. Luka said that this is the first temple of Ghandhara civilization discovered in Swat district.
Swat district is among the top 20 sites in Pakistan which is home to all kinds of tourism such as natural beauty, religious tourism, cultural tourism and archaeological sites. Several places of worship of Buddhism are also located in Swat district.