Swat (Pakistan): An ancient Hindu temple, believed to have been constructed 1,300 years ago, has been discovered by Pakistani and Italian archaeological experts.
The temple is said to have been discovered at a mountain in Northwest Pakistan's Swat district. The discovery was made during an excavation at Barikhot Ghundai.
The announcement of the discovery was made on November 19.
Fazle Khaliq of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Archaeology said that the discovered temple if of Lord Vishnu. Built by the Hindus 1,300 years ago during the Hindu Shahi period, he said.
During the excavation, remnants of cantonment and watchtowers were also found near the temple site by the archaeologists. A water tank was also found which is believed to be used by the Hindus to bath before worshiping.
Dr Luka, the head of the Italian archaeological mission said that it was the first temple discovery of the Gandhara civilisation in Swat district.
The Hindu Shahis of Kabul Shahis, was a Hindu dynasty who ruled the Kabul Valley (eastern Afghanistan), Gandhara (Modern-day Pakistan).
Swat district is listed amongst the top 20 sites in Pakistan which is home to every kind of tourism like natural beauty, religious tourism, cultural tourism and for archaeological sites.
A number of religious Buddhism sites are also situated in the Swat district.