Hindu and Buddhist Architectural Heritage of Pakistan – Part 5


Mianwali is the place which is rich of Hindu and Buddhist architectural sites. Some of such sites can be seen as the ruins of Kafirkot, remains-ruins of Sirkapp Fort, architectural objects, remains of Rokhri and ruins at Mari.


There are three different regions in Sindh (most notable Pakistani province) that have several architectural sites related to Hindu and Buddhist cultures:

  • Sukkur
  • Chanhudaro
  • Siraj-jiTakri

1 – Sadhu Bela Temple, Sukkur:


Sadhu Bela Temple is the only place located just around Sukkur City in, Sindh Province, Pakistan which demonstrate the existence of Buddhist and Hindu culture in the region.

2 – Chanhudaro or Chanhu Daro:

Chanhudaro, which is also known as Chanhu Daro is the historical documents, is a notable and probably the most famous archaeological site in Sindh which is directly associated to the Indus valley civilization with its post-urban Jhukar phase. The exact location of Chanhu Daro or Chanhudaro is towards south of Mohenjodaro (at around 130 kilometers or 81 miles) in Sindh, Pakistan. The settlement of this historical city is described as inhabited somewhere between 4000 and 1700 BCE.

Nani Gopal Majumdar was the first man who excavated Chanhudaro in March, 1930. Later on it was excavated by Ernest John Henry Mackay and his team from the Museum of Fire Arts, Boston and the American School of Indic and Iranian Studies in 1935, 36.

3 – Siraj-ji-Takri:


The third most famous Buddhist archaeological site in this province of Pakistan is known with the name Siraj-ji-Takri. It is also called as Seeraj-ji-Takri in many historical documents. You may find and visit this historically famous heritage of Pakistan just along the Rohri Hills’ western limestone terrace in Upper Sindh in the Khairpur District.

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