Monday Jun 17, 2024

Jamal Garhi Buddhist Monastery- Pakistan

Address

Jamal Garhi Buddhist Monastery- Jamalgarhi, Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Diety

Buddha

Introduction

Jamal Garhi is a small town located 13 kilometers from Mardan at Katlang-Mardan road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northern Pakistan. Jamal Garhi was a Buddhist monastery from the first until the fifth century AD at a time when Buddhism flourished in this part of the Indian subcontinent. There is a ruins monastery and main stupa, surrounded by chapels closely packed together. The site is called ‘The Jamal Garhi Kandarat or Kafiro Kote’ by the locals. The ruins of Jamal Garhi were first discovered by the British explorer and archaeologist Sir Alexander Cunningham in 1848. The stupa at the site was opened by Colonel Lumsden in 1852 but little of value was found at the time. In 1871, the site was excavated by Lieutenant Cromten, who unearthed a large number of Buddhist sculptures which are now part of the collections of the British Museum and the Indian Museum in Calcutta. At the monastery a Kharoshti inscription was also discovered which is now kept in Peshawar Museum.

Century/Period/Age

5th century AD

Managed By

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)- Pakistan

Nearest Bus Station

Mardan

Nearest Railway Station

Havelian Station

Nearest Airport

Peshawar

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