A 1300 year-old ancient Hindu Temple has been discovered by a joint team of Pakistani and Italian Archaeologists. This is in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Swat District in Pakistan.
While carrying out an excavation at a mountain in Barikot Ghundai, the team discovered a 1300 year old Vishnu Temple. A member of the KP Department of Archaeology indicated that the temple could have been build during the Hindu Shahi period.
The Shahi was a Hindu Dynasty that ruled Kabul Valley (Eastern Afghanistan), Gandhara (modern day Pakistan) and present North Western India between 850 and 1026 CE.
The team also found traces of Cantonment Watch Towers near the temple site, during the excavation process. They also found a water tank near the temple site. It was believed to have been used by Hindus for bathing before worship.
Various news agencies and other media reported about this discovery on 21st of November 2020. This discovery has been described as a milestone in the cultural and historical record of the province.