1300 year old archeological sites in West Pakistan, this Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu
Announcing the discovery on Thursday, Fazle Khalik of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Archeology said the temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
North-West Pakistan, Pakistan, Lord Vishnu
Pakisthan : This discovery was made during the excavation of Barikot Ghundai. (Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan)
A 1,300-year-old Hindu temple was discovered by Pakistani and Italian archaeologists on a hill in the Swat district of northwestern Pakistan.
Announcing the discovery on Thursday, Fazle Khalik of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Archeology said the temple belonged to Lord Vishnu.
He said it was made by Hindus 1,300 years ago during the Hindu Shahi period.
Hindu Shahi or Kabul Shahis (850–1026 CE)) Evidence of the Hindu dynasty ruled in the Kabul Valley (East Afghanistan), Gandhara (modern Pakistan) and present day North-West India.
During excavations at this historic site, archaeologists have found evidence of an army barracks and guards stationed near the temple site.
Experts also found a water tank near the temple site. The water from this tank was used by Hindus for bathing before worship.
According to archaeologist Khalik, the SWAT district is a thousand-year-old archeological site and the first traces of the Hindu Shahi period have been found in the area.
Dr Luca, head of the Italian Archaeological Mission, said it was the first temple of Gandhara art civilization discovered in the Swat district. It is one of the top 20 tourist and archeological historical sites in Pakistan, home to all kinds of tourism, such as natural beauty, religious travel, cultural tourism and archeological sites.
Several Buddhist places of worship are also located in Swat district.