While Baltistan is famous worldwide for its charming beauty and natural landscapes. The region is also familiar with its rich culture and antique architectural heritage and archeology. Buddha Rocks and different things of the Buddhist period are among them.
Before the arrival of Islam in the territory of Gilgit-Baltistan, most of the people were Buddhists. They had engraved the Buddha on many rocks slices. Many of them ended with the passage of time. But still, there are many Buddhas who exist in different areas of Baltistan. Although Buddhism is not there now. As a part of there culture, they have preserved many of them.
Although the Sculptures and engravings engrave of Buddhist artifacts on stones are present all over in Gilgit-Baltistan. Among those Buddha rocks, the Manthal Buddha rocks are very famous.
Manthal Buddha Rock
Manthal a small village towards the south of Skardu city. In Manthal the pictures of Buddha had engraved on a granite rock. Which is also known as Manthal Buddha Rock. Which according to Archaeologists probably dates back to 8 century. Manthal Buddha Rock is one of the most important antiquities of Buddhism in Baltistan.
Buddha Statue on a big stone is famous and unique. This stone known to Buddha Rock is the only heritage of the Buddism era in Gilgit Baltistan. In which the whole body Buddha is present. As well as the image of his complete court is also engraved on this big stone. that in the past was the worship place for the followers of Buddhism.
Despite the passage of years, Buddhist followers from all over the world come here for worship.
Shigar Buddha Rock
Shigar Skardu also has a Buddha Rock of this nature. This rock is also very famous for its unique carvings. This rock is not in its original state due to the lack of attention and preservation of this great national heritage. But recently the tourism department is taking steps to secure these stones. By preserving this kind of national heritage we can pass our history to the new generation. We can promote tourism as well.