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Kargah Buddha, Gilgit

#22 of 72 in Historic Sites in Pakistan
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • The structure of Buddha is engraved in stone on the mountain. The location is around a 20 minute drive out from Gilgit. You enter through a gate in a small garden (currently under renovation). When.....  more »
  • It is near about 10 km outside of Gilgit. It is a carved image of a large standing Buddha in the cliff-face in Kargha Nala. The carving, which is in a style also found in Baltistan, probably dates to....  more »
  • The Buddha was carved in the seventh century. The local legend about the Buddha tells of a man-devouring ogress, called Yakhshini who lived at Karghah. From the 3rd century to the 11th century, Gilgit was a Buddhist center. Nearby, about 400 metres (1,300 ft) upstream, a Buddhist monastery and three stupas containing Sanskrit manuscripts were excavated in 1931. Long before Islam was introduced in the region, the people used to practice Budhism or multiple forms of local pagan religions, including Shamanism. One symbol of the ancient Budhist era is the Budha statue located very close to Gilgit city, in the Kargah Valley. The sculpture of Budha is believed to have been constructed in the 3rd or 4th century A.D. Many similar symbols are scattered in different valleys, including Skardu and Diamer.
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