Published On: Fri, Nov 17th, 2017

World’s Oldest Buddha Statue discovered in Haripur, Taxila

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oldest Buddha statueWorld’s oldest Buddha statue has been discovered in Bhamala Stupa, which is a district of Haripur, Taxila. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Directorate of Archaeology and Museums Director, Dr Abdul Samad said, “The 48-feet long ‘sleeping Buddha’ statue dates back to the third century, which makes it the world’s oldest ‘sleeping Buddha’ statue.”

Furthermore, it was informed that the archaeologists discovered the statue, with its head intact. It was found in the course of excavations near the Bhamala Stupa.

Moreover he added that, “We have discovered more than 500 Buddha-related objects during excavations, in addition to the 48-feet long ‘sleeping Buddha’.”

Taxila is of great interest to archaeologists as it has great history and discoveries like these have also been made before. This new addition of oldest Buddha statue will be great interest to archaeologists and have paved way for new course in the history of the ancient Taxila Valley Civilization.

Samad, also said that, “This is one of the few sites in the world to have the cruciform Stupa, which was reserved for Buddha himself.”

Pakistan has a great ancient history as it contains good share of treasures, one of the noticeable of these being the historical metropolis of Taxila.

Taxila is a place of the Gandharan civilization, whose history can be drawn from microlithic societies at the Khanpur caves up to almost 1000 CE.

It was a heart of Buddhism, a focus of wisdom, an urban metropolis and a converging center of several cultures. The cultures include the Greeks, Huns, Achaemenids, Mauryans, Scythians, Kushans, Parthians, and ultimately the Muslims.

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- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.