A 1,300-year-old Hindu temple has been discovered by Pakistani and Italian archaeological experts in a mountain in the Swat district of northwestern Pakistan. This temple was discovered during excavations at Barikot Ghandai. Fazle Khaliq of the Archaeological Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced this on Thursday, saying that this temple belongs to Lord Vishnu.
Towers were also found
He said that this temple was built 1,300 years ago during the Hindu royal period. The Hindu Shahi or Kabul Shahi (850–1026 AD) was a Hindu dynasty that ruled the Kabul Valley (eastern Afghanistan), Gandhar (modern-day Pakistan) and present-day northwest India. Archaeologists have also found the cantonment near the temple site and minarets for guard during the excavation.
First temple of Gandhar civilization
Experts have also found a pool of water near the temple. Probably the devotees used to bathe there before worship. Khaliq said that for the first time in the area traces of Hindu imperial period have been found. Dr. Luca, the head of the Archaeological Mission of Italy, said that this is the first temple of Gandhar civilization found in Swat district. There are also many places of worship of Buddhism in Swat district.