c. A.D. Buddhist complex
Province. 4km southeast of Ghazni.
DESCRIPTION: A very large stupa-monastery
complex, consisting of a main stupa (the largest in Afghanistan)
surrounded by many votive stupas and chapels, richly decorated
in high clay relief. The remains in the sanctuary include
fragments of several colossal Buddha statues, including a
monumental seated Buddha and a 15 m long reclining Buddha,
all made from unbaked clay. There is also a Hindu shrine in
the complex, where a statue of Durga Mahishasuramardini was
found. Other finds include frescos, manuscripts, and many
From Ball, W. Archaeological
Gazetteer of Afghanistan, Paris, 1982. p.275
CONDITION: natural deterioration.