Bamyan Pristine Abode Of The Colossal Buddhas- Part II

Temples of Asia | | August 25, 2009 at 4:03 pm


BamyanBamyan, the biggest town in Hazarajat in central Afghanistan, had lately been ascribed as the abode to the most primeval oil-based works of art unparalleled globally. The town located on the old Silk Road lay at the intersection linking the Eastern and Western side, at a time when most of the trading among China and the Middle East was channelized via this way.

In the fifth century, Bamyan was instated as capital by the Hunas. It is amongst the vastly frequented locales in Afghanistan due to the crag of Buddhas, the colossal statues, the monk caves vestiges, the City of Sighs or Shahr-e-Gholghola that has the remnants of a primordial city that faced the havoc of Ghengis Khan. The trail up to the Shahr-e-Gholghola is dotted with red rocks with the view from the top proffering spectacular sights of the Bamiyan valley. One comes across the hilltop cluttered with remains of the conflict like shell coverings and ammo containers.

Also notable are its splendid vistas and the Shahr-i-Zohak knoll located 10 miles south of the vale, is the location of a fortress that stood sentinel to the city. Until the later part of the 1990, the remnants of bastion were still decipherable.

On the surface of the peak that is located close to the Bamyan city, are three majestic and gigantic statues engraved at a distance of four thousand feet spaced out. Among them, one of the Buddha statue towers 175feet tall, making it the tallest Buddha statue in standing posture. The olden statue was chiselled during the Kushan rule in the 5th century.

Bamyan cityThey were deemed non-Islamic and were wrecked by the Talibans during March 2001, though restricted endeavours to salvage its earlier splendour have met with insignificant success. During one point in time, nearly 2,000 monks offered prayers in the grottos embedded in the stone crags. Globally the most primitive oil based paintings were uncovered in the caverns placed at the back of the partly ravaged Buddha statues that was believed by experts to be made from oil extracted from either walnut or poppy seeds. These oil paintings are seen in twelve of the fifty caverns that date back to the time periods between fifth to the ninth century.

During 2008, archaeologists uncovered a sixty-two feet statue of Buddha alongside several intriguing remnants close to the ravaged statues. The discovered Buddha statue in a ravaged condition was in sleeping posture and believed to be dating back to the 3rd century. Close to eighty-eight other remnants that were uncovered comprised of ceramic ware and coinage.

The Band-e-Amir is a worth visit in Afghanistan. Being the premier national park to be opened in this place one is simply enthralled by the sights of the six cerulean lakes amidst spectacular scenery replete with hues of red and grey crags. One can undertake treks through the numerous hiking trails developed through the villages that have a few retreat areas taken care of by the locals.

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  1. Will says:

    Buddhas of Bamiyan??????????
    Hadn’t heard eof that one before? But, the details are really enchanting. What I loved most are the ruins of Buddha in stark contrast with the fun of trekking & hiking is a attractive duo. Tell me more, guys!!!!!!!!
    I am getting tempted here.

  2. Chris says:

    A really rough, long & tiring route of 9 hrs from Kabul, hahahaha!
    That’s for you, Will. But do check out rocks of zillion shades
    Anyway, jokes apart, Ruined Buddhas is sure visit for everyone: sight of unforgettable impact & strength.

    P.S.: Do visit caves, they are some stuff you don’t get to see in abundance.

  3. Victor says:

    Honestly, Bamyan is more famous for the ruins of Buddha statues. But I can say that Shahr-e-Gholghola is an under valued & under explored place to be surely on your itinerary. The place & its historical events are grip you, at least I felt that way.

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