A Walk Through Taxila

The ancient remains in Pakistan represent a glimpse into the history of two of India’s major religions

In 1980, Taxila was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, for not only of its architecture and statues, but also in recognition of the many different cultures that influenced its development. (Ria Misra)


Jain Pillars in Sirkap
(Maura McCarthy)
Like other areas of Taxila, nearby Sirkap, an ancient fortified city built between the second century B.C. and the second century A.D. across the Tamra Nala river, has a strong Indo-Greek influence, and many of its structures were used as places of worship to the Jain. While most religious artifacts in the area are Buddhist, other religions, like Jain, whose monks lived at this site, also left their mark, including these Jain pillars.

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