A team of Pakistani and Italian archaeologists on Thursday discovered a Hindu temple at a mountain, in Pakistans Swat district during an excavation at Barikot Ghundai. Hindus built the temple 1,300 years ago during the Hindu Shahi period.
Fazal Khaliq of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Archaeology reported the discovery on November 19 and stated that it was a Lord Vishnu temple. The team found the traces of watchtowers, encampment and pillars during their excavation.
Moreover, they also discovered a water tank near the temple site, which, experts believed, could have been used by the devotees for bathing before offering prayers.
We have discovered many archaeological monuments here in the past; this is the first time we found traces of Hindu Shahi period in Swat district, said Khaliq.
He continued to say that traces of ancient Hindu civilisation could be found in Afghanistan and Pakistan as the Hindu Shahis ruled these regions in the past (850-1026 AD).
This is the first temple of Ghandhara (modern-day Pakistan) civilisation we found in Swat, said Dr Luka, head of Italian archaeological missions. This is one in a life time discovery for us; we are returning a lost piece of the Hindu civilisation to the world,
Dr. Luka added.
Swat district was listed among the top 20 sites visited in Pakistan where one could find several cultural and architectural marvels.
Shashi Tharoor is capable of bringing Congress back in power, says Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh
Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”
Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”
Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.
Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!
Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on. Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”
He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”
Mesmerising sunset hues at Ramtek’s Ambala Lake in Nagpur
Ambala Lake in Ramtek city wore a dazzling look at the golden hour of sunset. The verdant surrounding of the lake flanked by the old and famous Shiv temple, lends a soothing and religious aura to the city known for its old heritage and mythological significance.