Buddhist Relics At Takht-i-Bhai, Near Mardan, NWF Province

Submitted by Shams Uddin on Thu, 2008-06-12 19:53.
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Buddhist Relics At Takht-i-Bhai, Near Mardan, NWF Province

Takht-i-Bhai, literally meaning 'Spring on Flate Surface of Hill'. The spring still exists on the west side. Therefore the Buddist santuary and the nearby village were named after this spring. The remains are most astounding, exciting and imposing relics of Buddism in Pakistan dating back to 2nd to 5th century AD and scattered over 32.9 hectors The site was excavated by Dr DB Spooner and Mr Hargreaves in 1907-09 to 1910-11 respectively. The remains consist of main stupa, votive stupas, courts, lofy chapels, monastic quadrangle, meditation cells, covered passages and many other secular buildings. All are stone built laid in lime and mud mortars in diaper style masonry. A large number of stone and stucco sculptures have been unearthed during excavation, which now on display in Peshawar museum. The sculpture depicts the life of Buddah before his birth and different events of his life and reveal evolutionary and developmental stages of Gandhara art. Due to its religious significance and remarkable architectural features, the site has been placed on the 'World Heritage List by UNESCO'.


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Buddhist Relics

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Submitted by Shams Uddin on Thu, 2009-10-15 20:37.

The Budhist relics of Takht-i-Bhai excavated by Dr DB Spooner and Mr Hargreaves in 1907-09 to 1910-11 respectively.



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