Rich History: Vandalized Buddhist inscriptions in Gilgit-Baltistan now being preserved for cultural conservation
In the past, these Buddhist sites were subjected to defecation and vandalism.
Gilgit-Baltistan is home to several remnants of Buddhist concepts carved on the rocks. Historians claim that along the Karakoram Highway, 3000 inscriptions and more than 3000 Petroglyphs can be discovered.
As reported by the Daily Times, historians found the carvings on the rocks that were hidden for centuries. These carvings are notable references to three Buddhist synods. The greatest collection of images and inscriptions intricately carved on rocks, however, can be found in Chilas, making it the most interesting place to discover Buddhism roots.
A figure of Buddha stands nine feet tall on the outskirts of Gilgit-Baltistan. Earlier, this site was a residence of the Buddhist monks. Now it is recognized as an ancient ruin and one of the oldest surviving manuscripts according to UNESCO.
Haldekush is another respective site found in Hunza. In the past, these Buddhist sites were subjected to defecation and vandalism.
However, steps are now being taken to preserve the Buddhist roots. Vandalized Buddhist inscriptions in Gilgit-Baltistan are now being restored to their natural state.
The restoration team has been advised to install CCTV cameras to make sure any instances of vandalism are avoided in the future. Teaching locals the importance of national heritage and culture alongside is highly pertinent so the rifts can be willingly avoided.
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