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or Takshashila was an ancient city in what is now northern Pakistan. It is an important archaeological site and in 1980, was declared a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.[6] Its ruins lie near modern Taxila, in Punjab, Pakistan, about 35 km (22 mi) northwest of Rawalpindi.[7] Taxila
was situated at the pivotal junction of the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia. Its origin as a city goes back to c. 1000 BCE. Some ruins at Taxila
date to the time of the Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire
in the 6th century BCE, followed successively by Mauryan, Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian, and Kushan
periods. Owing to its strategic location, Taxila
has changed hands many times over the centuries, with many empires vying for its control. When the great ancient trade routes connecting these regions ceased to be important, the city sank into insignificance and was finally destroyed by the nomadic Hunas in the 5th century. The archaeologist Alexander Cunningham
Alexander Cunningham
rediscovered the ruins of Taxila
in the mid-19th century. Taxila
was a centre of learning and is considered by some to have been one of the earliest universities in the world.[8][9][10][11] Others do not consider it a university in the modern sense, in that the teachers living there may not have had official membership of particular colleges, and there did not seem to have existed purpose-built lecture halls and residential quarters in Taxila,[12] in contrast to the later Nalanda
university in eastern India.[7][13][14] In 2006 Taxila
was ranked as the top tourist destination in Pakistan by The Guardian
The Guardian
newspaper.[15] In a 2010 report, Global Heritage Fund identified Taxila
as one of 12 worldwide sites most "On the Verge" of irreparable loss and damage, citing insufficient management, development pressure, looting, and war and conflict as primary threats.[16]


1 Etymology 2 In traditional sources 3 History

3.1 Early settlement 3.2 Achaemenid 3.3 Hellenistic 3.4 Mauryan 3.5 Indo-Greek 3.6 Kushan 3.7 Gupta 3.8 Decline

4 Centre of learning

4.1 Notable students and teachers

5 Ruins

5.1 World Heritage Site

6 Gallery 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links

Etymology[edit] Taxila
was known in Pali
as Takkasilā,[17] and in Sanskrit
as तक्षशिला (Takshashila, IAST: Takṣaśilā; "City of Cut Stone"). The Greeks pared the city's name down to Taxila[7][18] which became the name that the Europeans were familiar with ever since the time of Alexander the Great.[19] Takshashila can also alternately be translated to "Rock of Taksha" in reference to the Ramayana
which states that the city was named in honour of Bharata's son and first ruler, Taksha.[7] According to another derivation, Takshashila is related to Takshaka
( Sanskrit
for "carpenter") and is an alternate name for the Nāga, a non-Indo-Iranian people of ancient India.[20] In traditional sources[edit] In Vedic texts such as the Shatapatha Brahmana, it is mentioned that the Vedic philosopher Uddalaka Aruni
Uddalaka Aruni
(c. 7th century BCE) had travelled to the region of Gandhara. In later Buddhist texts, the Jatakas, it is specified that Taxila
was the city where Aruni and his son Setaketu each had received their education.[21] One of the earliest mentions of Taxila
is in Pāṇini's Aṣṭādhyāyī,[17] a Sanskrit
grammar treatise dated to the 4th century BCE. Much of the Hindu
epic, the Mahabharata, is a conversation between Vaishampayana (a pupil of the sage, Vyasa) and King Janamejaya. It is traditionally believed that the story was first recited by Vaishampayana at the behest of Vyasa
during the snake sacrifice performed by Janamejaya at Takshashila.[7] The audience also included Ugrashravas, an itinerant bard, who would later recite the story to a group of priests at an ashram in the Naimisha Forest
Naimisha Forest
from where the story was further disseminated.[22] The Kuru Kingdom's heir, Parikshit (grandson of Arjuna) is said to have been enthroned at Takshashila.[23] The Ramayana
describes Takshashila as a magnificent city famed for its wealth which was founded by Bharata, the younger brother of Rama. Bharata, who also founded nearby Pushkalavati, installed his two sons, Taksha and Pushkala, as the rulers of the two cities.[24] In the Buddhist Jatakas, Taxila
is described as the capital of the kingdom of Gandhara
and a great centre of learning with world-famous teachers.[7] The Takkasila Jataka, more commonly known as the Telapatta Jataka, tells the tale of a prince of Benares
who is told that he would become the king of Takkasila if he could reach the city within seven days without falling prey to the yakkhinis who waylaid travellers in the forest.[25][26] According to the Dipavamsa, one of Taxila's early kings was a Kshatriya
named Dipankara who was succeeded by twelve sons and grandsons. Kuñjakarṇa, mentioned in the Avadanakalpalata, is another king associated with the city.[24] In the Jain
tradition, it is said that Rishabha, the first of the Tirthankaras, visited Taxila
millions of years ago. His footprints were subsequently consecrated by Bahubali who erected a throne and a dharmachakra ("wheel of the law") over them several miles in height and circumference.[24] History[edit] Early settlement[edit] The region around Taxila
was settled by the neolithic era, with some ruins at Taxila
dating to 3360 BCE.[27] Ruins dating from the Early Harappan period around 2900 BCE have also been discovered in the Taxila
area,[27] though the area was eventually abandoned after the collapse of the Indus Valley
Indus Valley
Civilisation. The first major settlement at Taxila
was established around 1000 BCE.[28][29][30] By 900 BCE, the city was already involved in regional commerce, as discovered pottery shards reveal trading ties between the city and Puṣkalāvatī.[31] Taxila
was sometimes ruled as part of the Gandhara
kingdom (whose capital was Pushkalavati), particularly after the Achaemenid period, but Taxila
sometimes formed its own independent district or city-state.[32][33] Taxila
was founded in a strategic location along the ancient "Royal Highway" that connected the Mauryan
capital at Pataliputra
in Bihar, with ancient Peshawar, Puṣkalāvatī, and onwards towards Central Asia via Kashmir, Bactria, and Kāpiśa.[34] Taxila
thus changed hands many times over the centuries, with many empires vying for its control.

Eastern border of the Achaemenid Empire

Achaemenid[edit] See also: Achaemenid invasion of the Indus Valley Archaeological excavations show that the city may have grown significantly during the rule of the Persian Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire
in the 6th century BCE. In 516 BCE, Darius I
Darius I
embarked on a campaign to conquer Central Asia, Ariana
and Bactria, before marching onto what is now Afghanistan
and northern Pakistan. Emperor Darius spent the winter of 516-515 BCE in the Gandhara
region surrounding Taxila, and prepared to conquer the Indus Valley, which he did in 515 BCE,[35] after which he appointed Scylax of Caryanda to explore the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
from the mouth of the Indus to the Suez. Darius then returned to Persia
via the Bolan Pass. The region continued under Achaemenid suzerainty under the reign of Xerxes I, and continued under Achaemenid rule for over a century.[36] Hellenistic[edit] See also: Indian campaign of Alexander the Great

A map of Alexander's campaign in ancient India.

During his invasion of the Indus Valley, Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
was able to gain control of Taxila
in 326 BCE without a battle, as the city was surrendered by its ruler, king Omphis (Āmbhi).[36] Greek historians accompanying Alexander described Taxila
as “wealthy, prosperous, and well governed.”[36] Mauryan[edit] By 317 BCE, the Greek satraps left by Alexander were driven out[37], and Taxila
came under the control of Chandragupta Maurya, who turned Taxila
into a regional capital. His advisor, Kautilya, was said to have taught at Taxila's university.[38] Under the reign of Ashoka, the city was made a great seat of Buddhist learning, though the city was home to a minor rebellion during this time.[39] Indo-Greek[edit] In the 2nd century BCE, Taxila
was annexed by the Indo-Greek
kingdom of Bactria. Indo-Greeks
built a new capital, Sirkap, on the opposite bank of the river from Taxila.[40] During this new period of Bactrian Greek rule, several dynasties (like Antialcidas) likely ruled from the city as their capital. During lulls in Greek rule, the city managed profitably on its own, to independently control several local trade guilds, who also minted most of the city's autonomous coinage. In about the 1st century BCE or 1st century CE, an Indo-Scythian
king named Azilises
had three mints, one of which was at Taxila, and struck coins with obverse legends in Greek and Kharoṣṭhī. The last Greek king of Taxila
was overthrown by the Indo-Scythian chief Maues
around 90 BCE.[41] Gondophares, founder of the Indo-Parthian Kingdom, conquered Taxila
around 20 BCE, and made Taxila his capital.[42] According to early Christian legend, Thomas the Apostle visited Gondophares
IV around 46 CE,[43] possibly at Taxila given that that city was Gondophares' capital city. Kushan[edit] In the first century CE, the Greek Neopythagorean
philosopher Apollonius of Tyana
Apollonius of Tyana
visited Taxila, which his team described as a fortified city laid out on a symmetrical plan, similar in size to Nineveh. Inscriptions dating to 76 CE demonstrate that the city had come under Kushan
rule by this time, after the city was captured from the Parthians by Kujula Kadphises, founder of the Kushan
Empire.[44] The great Kushan
ruler Kanishka
later founded Sirsukh, the most recent of the ancient settlements at Taxila. Gupta[edit] In the mid Fourth Century CE, the Gupta Empire occupied the territories in Eastern Gandhara, establishing a Kumaratya's post at Taxila. The City became well known for its Trade links- including Silk, Sandalwood, Horses, Cotton, Silverware, Pearls, and Spices. It is during this time that the City heavily features in Classical Indian Literature- both as a centre of Culture as well as a militarised border City.[45][46] Taxila's university remained in existence during the travels of Chinese pilgrim Faxian, who visited Taxila
around 400 CE.[8] He wrote that Taxila's name translated as "the Severed Head", and was the site of a story in the life of Buddha
"where he gave his head to a man".[47] Decline[edit] The Kidarites, vassals of the Hephthalite Empire
Hephthalite Empire
are known to have invaded Taxila
in c. 450 CE. Though repelled by the Gupta Emperor Skandagupta, the city would not recover- probably on account of the strong Hunnic presence in the area, breakdown of trade as well as the three-way war between Persia, the Kidarite State, and the Huns in Western Gandhara. The White Huns swept over Gandhāra and Punjab
around 470 CE, causing widespread devastation and destruction of Taxila's famous Buddhist monasteries and stupas, a blow from which the city would never recover. From 500 CE to 540 CE, the city fell under the control of the Hunnic Empire in South Asia and languished.[48] Xuanzang
visited India between 629 to 645 CE. Taxila
which was desolate and half-ruined was visited by him in 630 CE, and found most of its sangharamas still ruined and desolate. Only a few monks remained there. He adds that the kingdom had become a dependency of Kashmir
with the local leaders fighting amongst themselves for power. He noted that it had some time previously been a subject of Kapisa. By the ninth century, it became a dependency of the Kabul Shahis.[49][50] Centre of learning[edit]

A view over the ruins of Sirkap.

Main article: Ancient higher-learning institutions By some accounts, Taxila
was considered to be one of the earliest (or the earliest) universities in the world.[8][51][52] Others do not consider it a university in the modern sense, in that the teachers living there may not have had official membership of particular colleges, and there did not seem to have existed purpose-built lecture halls and residential quarters in Taxila,[53][54] in contrast to the later Nalanda
university in eastern India.[7][13][14] Taxila
became a noted centre of learning (including the religious teachings of Buddhism) at least several centuries BCE, and continued to attract students from around the old world until the destruction of the city in the 5th century. It has been suggested that at its height, Taxila
exerted a sort of "intellectual suzerainty" over other centres of learning in India and its primary concern was not with elementary, but higher education.[52] Generally, a student entered Taxila
at the age of sixteen. The ancient and the most revered scriptures, and the Eighteen Silpas or Arts, which included skills such as archery, hunting, and elephant lore, were taught, in addition to its law school, medical school, and school of military science.[55] Students came to Taxila
from far-off places such as Kashi, Kosala
and Magadha, in spite of the long and arduous journey they had to undergo, on account of the excellence of the learned teachers there, all recognised as authorities on their respective subjects.[56][page needed][57] Notable students and teachers[edit] Taxila
had great influence on Hindu
culture and the Sanskrit
language. It is perhaps best known for its association with Chanakya, also known as Kautilya, the strategist who guided Chandragupta Maurya
Chandragupta Maurya
and assisted in the founding of the Mauryan
empire. Chanakya's Arthashastra
(The knowledge of Economics) is said to have been composed in Taxila
itself.[58][not in citation given][59] The Ayurvedic
healer Charaka
also studied at Taxila.[55] He also started teaching at Taxila
in the later period.[60][unreliable source?] Pāṇini, the grammarian who codified the rules that would define Classical Sanskrit, has also been part of the community at Taxila.[61][page needed] The institution is significant in Buddhist tradition since it is believed that the Mahāyāna
branch of Buddhism
took shape there.[citation needed] Jivaka, the court physician of the Magadha emperor Bimbisara
who once cured the Buddha, and the Buddhism-supporting ruler of Kosala, Prasenajit, are some important personalities mentioned in Pali
texts who studied at Taxila.[62][page needed] No external authorities like kings or local leaders subjected the scholastic activities at Taxila
to their control. Each teacher formed his own institution, enjoying complete autonomy in work, teaching as many students as he liked and teaching subjects he liked without conforming to any centralised syllabus. Study terminated when the teacher was satisfied with the student's level of achievement. In general, specialisation in a subject took around eight years, though this could be lengthened or shortened in accordance with the intellectual abilities and dedication of the student in question. In most cases the "schools" were located within the teachers' private houses, and at times students were advised to quit their studies if they were unable to fit into the social, intellectual and moral atmosphere there.[63] Knowledge was considered too sacred to be bartered for money, and hence any stipulation that fees ought to be paid was vigorously condemned[citation needed]. Financial support came from the society at large, as well as from rich merchants and wealthy parents[citation needed]. Though the number of students studying under a single Guru sometimes numbered in the hundreds, teachers did not deny education even if the student was poor; free boarding and lodging was provided, and students had to do manual work in the household[citation needed]. Paying students, such as princes, were taught during the day, while non-paying ones were taught at night.[64] Gurudakshina was usually expected at the completion of a student's studies, but it was essentially a mere token of respect and gratitude - many times being nothing more than a turban, a pair of sandals, or an umbrella. In cases of poor students being unable to afford even that, they could approach the king, who would then step in and provide something. Not providing a poor student a means to supply his Guru's Dakshina was considered the greatest slur on a King's reputation.[65] Examinations were treated as superfluous, and not considered part of the requirements to complete one's studies[citation needed]. The process of teaching was critical and thorough- unless one unit was mastered completely, the student was not allowed to proceed to the next[citation needed]. No convocations were held upon completion, and no written "degrees" were awarded, since it was believed that knowledge was its own reward. Using knowledge for earning a living or for any selfish end was considered sacrilegious.[63] Students arriving at Taxila
usually had completed their primary education at home (until the age of eight), and their secondary education in the Ashrams (between the ages of eight and twelve), and therefore came to Taxila
chiefly to reach the ends of knowledge in specific disciplines.[66] Ruins[edit]

The Dharmarajika

The sites of a number of important cities noted in ancient Indian texts were identified by scholars early in the 19th century. The lost city of Taxila, however, was not identified until later, in 1863-64. Its identification was made difficult partly due to errors in the distances recorded by Pliny in his Naturalis Historia
Naturalis Historia
which pointed to a location somewhere on the Haro river, two days march from the Indus. Alexander Cunningham, the founder and the first director-general of the Archaeological Survey of India, noticed that this position did not agree with the descriptions provided in the itineraries of Chinese pilgrims and in particular, that of Xuanzang, the 7th-century Buddhist monk. Unlike Pliny, these sources noted that the journey to Taxila from the Indus took three days and not two. Cunningham's subsequent explorations in 1863–64 of a site at Shah-dheri convinced him that his hypothesis was correct.[3]

Now as Hwen Thsang, on his return to China, was accompanied by laden elephants, his three days' journey from Takhshasila [sic] to the Indus at Utakhanda, or Ohind, must necessarily have been of the same length as those of modern days, and, consequently, the site of the city must be looked for somewhere in the neighbourhood of Kâla-ka-sarâi. This site is found near Shah-dheri, just one mile to the north-east of Kâla-ka-sarâi, in the extensive ruins of a fortified city, around which I was able to trace no less than 55 stupas, of which two are as large as the great Manikyala
tope, twenty eight monasteries, and nine temples. — Alexander Cunningham, [67]

Taxila's archaeological sites lie near modern Taxila
about 35 km (22 mi) northwest of the city of Rawalpindi.[7] The sites were first excavated by John Marshall, who worked at Taxila
over a period of twenty years from 1913.[4]

Panorama of the Jaulian

The vast archaeological site includes neolithic remains dating to 3360 BCE, and Early Harappan remains dating to 2900–2600 BCE at Sarai Kala.[27] Taxila, however, is most famous for ruins of several settlements, the earliest dating from around 1000 BCE. It is also known for its collection of Buddhist religious monuments, including the Dharmarajika
stupa, the Jaulian
monastery, and the Mohra Muradu monastery. The main ruins of Taxila
include four major cities, each belonging to a distinct time period, at three different sites. The earliest settlement at Taxila
is found in the Hathial
section, which yielded pottery shards that date from as early as the late 2nd millennium BCE to the 6th century BCE. The Bhir Mound
Bhir Mound
ruins at the site date from the 6th century BCE, and are adjacent to Hathial. The ruins of Sirkap
date to the 2nd century BCE, and were built by the region's Greco-Bactrian kings who ruled in the region following Alexander the Great's invasion of the region in 326 BCE. The third and most recent settlement is that of Sirsukh, which was built by rulers of the Kushan
empire, who ruled from nearby Purushapura (modern Peshawar). World Heritage Site[edit] Taxila
was designated a UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
in 1980 in particular for the ruins of the four settlement sites which "reveal the pattern of urban evolution on the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
through more than five centuries". The serial site includes a number of monuments and other historical places of note in the area besides the four settlements at Bhir, Saraikala, Sirkap, and Sirsukh.[6] They number 18 in all:[68]

Khanpur Cave Saraikala, prehistoric mound Bhir Mound Sirkap
(fortified city) Sirsukh
(fortified ruined city) Dharmarajika
stupa and monastery Khader Mohra (Akhuri) Kalawan
group of buildings Giri complex of monuments Kunala stupa and monastery Jandial
complex Lalchak and Badalpur Buddhist stuppa Mohra Moradu stupa and monastery Pippala stupa and monastery Jaulian
stupa and monastery Lalchak mounds Buddhist remains around Bhallar stupa Giri Mosque and tombs

In a 2010 report, Global Heritage Fund identified Taxila
as one of 12 worldwide sites most "on the Verge" of irreparable loss and damage, citing insufficient management, development pressure, looting, and war and conflict as primary threats.[69] In 2017, it was announced that Thailand
would assist in conservation efforts at Taxila, as well as at Buddhist sites in the Swat Valley.[70] Gallery[edit]

A coin from 2nd century BCE Taxila.

The Indo-Greek
king Antialcidas
ruled in Taxila
around 100 BCE, according to the Heliodorus pillar
Heliodorus pillar

Jaulian, a World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
at Taxila.

silver Buddhist reliquary, with content. British Museum.

Temple at Sirkap

base at Sirkap, decorated with Hindu, Buddhist and Greek temple fronts.

in Taxila.

A Taxila
coin, 200–100 BCE. British Museum.

Archaeological artifacts from the Indo-Greek
strata at Taxila
from John Marshall " Taxila
Archeological excavations").

See also[edit]

(satrapy) Harappa Gandhara


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Explore Taxila
with Google Earth on Global Heritage Network Guide to Historic Taxila
by Ahmad Hasan Dani in 10 chapters "Taxila", by Jona Lendering Map of Gandhara
archaeological sites, from the Huntington Collection, Ohio State University
(large file) Taxila: An Ancient Indian University
by S. Srikanta Sastri John Marshall, A guide to Taxila
(1918) on Archive.org Telapatta Jataka also known as the Takkasila Jataka

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Hathial Bhir Mound Sirkap Sirsukh


Dharmarajika Jaulian Kalawan Mohra Muradu



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Ancient Dharmic centres of higher learning

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Taxila Nalanda Somapura Vikramashila

Further centres of learning

Bikrampur Vihara Jagaddala Mahavihara Kanchipuram Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics Manyakheta Nagarjunakonda Odantapuri Pandit Vihara Ratnagiri Shalban Vihara Sharada Peeth Sunethradevi Pirivena Vallabhi Varanasi Vidyalankara Pirivena Vidyodaya Pirivena Vikramashila

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Heritage sites

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and Sahr-i-Bahlol Lahore Fort
Lahore Fort
and Shalamar Gardens Makli Necropolis Rohtas Fort Taxila

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Badshahi Mosque Archaeological Site of Mehrgarh Archaeological Site of Rehman Dheri Archaeological Site of Harappa Archaeological Site of Ranigat Baltit Fort Banbhore Chaukhandi tombs Hiran Minar
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