Sites & cities that bear the name of Pushkalavati


Today in : Pakistan
First trace of activity : ca. 15th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 2nd century C.E
Recorded names : پُشْكَلآوَتي‎, Puṣkalāvatī, पुष्कलावती, Peucela, Πευκέλα, Peucelaitis, Πευκελαώτις, Peukelaotis, Peucelaotis, Bala Hisar, Shaikhan Dheri, Shaikhn Dher, Charsadda

Description : Pushkalavati (Pashto and Urdu: پُشْكَلآوَتي‎; IAST: Puṣkalāvatī) was the capital of the Gandhara kingdom. Its ruins are located on the outskirts of the modern city of Charsadda, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Its ruins are located on the banks of Swat River, near its junction with Kabul River. Pushkalavati was the capital of the ancient Gandhara kingdom before the 6th century BCE, when it became an Achaemenid regional capital, and it remained an important city until the 2nd century CE. The region around ancient Pushkulavati was recorded in the Zoroastrian Zend Avesta as Vaēkərəta, or the seventh most beautiful place on earth created by Ahura Mazda. It was known as the "crown jewel" of Bactria, and held sway over nearby ancient Taxila'.

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