A famous archeological site in Punjab, Sanghol is home to one of the most striking Buddhist remains of ancient India. It was a famous entre of Buddhism during the Kushana rule (1st-3rd century AD). An excavation at the site in 1968 had unearthed the remains of an ancient Buddhist Stupa.
Another excavation in 1985 has revealed a large number of Buddhist remains which were the works of craftsmen belonging to the Mathura and Gandhara schools of art which vie for the credit of having produced the first statues of the Buddha. Both the schools flourished under the Kushana rule. The Kushana rulers were great patrons of Buddhism.
Places to Visit
Built of burnt bricks in the 1st or the 2nd century, the remains of the Buddhist Stupa is a prominent Buddhist attraction of Sanghol. The Stupa has a high raised platform which contains the relics of the Buddhist scholar Bhadras. With figures of Yakshis engraved on them the stone slabs discovered near the Stupa depict scenes from the tales from Jatakas.
Set up in 1990, the Sanghol museum is a treasure trove of thousands of items, artifacts, statues found in the area. Also on display in the museum is ‘The Head of Buddha’ which was recovered from the Sanghol stupa.
How to Reach Sanghol
Air: Nearest airport to Sanghol is Chandigarh which is 40 km from this place.
Rail: Nearest railway station to Sanghol is Chandigarh which is connected with all major cities and places of India.
Road: Located on Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway, Sanghol, popularly known as Uchcha Pind, is connected by good motorable road with major places in Punjab and India Sanghol is less than an hour’s drive from both Chandigarh and Ludhiana.
Best Time to visit Sanghol
With extreme temperatures in summers and winters in Sanghol it is good to visit the place between October to March when daytime temperatures are mild and pleasant.