The history of BUDDHIST STUPA (Katas Raj) in Pakistan


Stupa remains are situated to the east of Sat Ghar temples at a lower level, at a distance of around 40 meters .The present remains comprising stone masonry , set in lime mortar, roughly measures 12 meter square rising to a height of about 4 meters from the trench level dug recently and in the exposed section of the structure facing east as many as sixteen courses of stone masonry could be counted.In the trench at a depth of 2 meters from the present ground level sandstone slabs of moderate size are visible.At the south east corner , some portions of the dressed surface indicate the exterior limit of the structures which appears to have been built on a raised platform with flight of steps provided from the east.Due to ravages of time, whatever decorative elements noticed on the exterior of this edifice by Cunningham during his visit ,have vanished.
Alexander Cunningham confirmed the finding of stone of Ashoka, about 200 ft in height , Surrounded by ten springs as described by Huen Tsang and also described the pool as irregular in shape .He has further mentioned the existence of a ruined monastery on a mound and a broken embankment across the bed of stream above the hole pool.
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