Nitish visits Taxila, ancient Hindu temples in Pak Punjab
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad, Nov 14: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today visited the ancient city of Taxila, terming it an "emotive" and "overpowering" experience, and the centuries-old Katasraj temples that have recently been restored in Pakistan's Punjab province.
Kumar, who is on a week-long trip to the country, travelled along with his entourage that included Rajya Sabha MP N K Singh, to Taxila, the UNESCO World heritage site that is a part of the shared history of India and Pakistan.
As he visited the site of historic glory, 32 kilometres northwest to Islamabad, he drew in it parallels to Nalanda, the great centre of ancient learning in his own state Bihar.
"A visit to Taxila is always overpowering. It is a journey three thousand years old in time, to a place which was a great centre of learning and intellectual pursuits with somewhat parallel of its kind situated at Nalanda in the state of Bihar," Kumar wrote in the visitors' book at Taxila.
The city that dates back to the Gandhara period, also houses the ruins of the Gandhara city which was regarded as an important Hindu and Buddhist centre.
"Nalanda and Taxila may be separated by geography but they are linked by history as ancient centres of knowledge and it is this bond of knowledge we shall aspire to revive. Anyone coming from Bihar a visit to Taxila will always be emotive and overpowering. I can't be an exception," he wrote.
From the historic site, Kumar then drove to the revered Katasraj temples in Punjab province and witnessed first hand the restoration of its centuries old holy pond, that has recently been completed.
He expressed hope that the restoration of the ancient shrine will go a long way in strengthening cross-cultural relations between the two countries.
The temples at the Katasraj site were built by Hindu kings almost 1000 years ago.
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