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TAXILA or TAKSHASHILA was an ancient city in what is now northwestern Pakistan
Pakistan
. It is an important archaeological site and in 1980, was declared a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
. Its ruins lie near modern Taxila
Taxila
, in Punjab, Pakistan , about 35 km (22 mi) northwest of Rawalpindi .

Taxila
Taxila
was situated at the pivotal junction of South Asia and Central Asia . Its origin as a city goes back to c. 1000 BCE. Some ruins at Taxila
Taxila
date to the time of the Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire
in the 6th century BCE, followed successively by Mauryan
Mauryan
, Indo-Greek , Indo-Scythian , and Kushan periods. Owing to its strategic location, Taxila
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 rediscovered the ruins of Taxila
Taxila
in the mid-19th century.

Taxila
Taxila
was a centre of learning and is considered by some to have been one of the earliest universities in the world. 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, in contrast to the later Nalanda
Nalanda
university in eastern India.

In 2006 Taxila
Taxila
was ranked as the top tourist destination in Pakistan by _ The Guardian _ newspaper. In a 2010 report, Global Heritage Fund identified Taxila
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.

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology * 2 In traditional sources

* 3 History

* 3.1 Early settlement * 3.2 Achaemenid * 3.3 Hellenistic and Mauryan
Mauryan
* 3.4 Indo-Greek * 3.5 Kushan * 3.6 Decline

* 4 Centre of learning

* 4.1 Notable students and teachers

* 5 Ruins

* 5.1 World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site

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

ETYMOLOGY

Taxila
Taxila
was known in Pali
Pali
as _Takkasila_, and in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
as _Takshashila_ ( IAST : _Takṣaśilā_; "City of Cut Stone"). The Greeks pared the city's name down to Taxila
Taxila
which became the name that the Europeans were familiar with ever since the time of Alexander the Great.

Takshashila can also alternately be translated to "Rock of _Taksha_" in reference to the Ramayana
Ramayana
which states that the city was named in honour of Bharata 's son and first ruler, Taksha. According to another derivation, Takshashila is related to Takshaka ( Sanskrit
Sanskrit
for "carpenter") and is an alternate name for the Nāga, a non-Indo-Iranian people of ancient India.

IN TRADITIONAL SOURCES

Much of the Hindu
Hindu
epic, the Mahabharata , is a conversation between Vaishampayana (a pupil of the sage, Vyasa
Vyasa
) and King Janamejaya . It is traditionally believed that the story was first recited by Vaishampayana at the behest of Vyasa
Vyasa
during the snake sacrifice performed by Janamejaya at Takshashila. 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 from where the story was further disseminated. The Kuru Kingdom 's heir, Parikshit (grandson of Arjuna) is said to have been enthroned at Takshashila.

The Ramayana
Ramayana
describes Takshashila as a magnificent city famed for its wealth which was founded by Bharata, the younger brother of Rama
Rama
. Bharata, who also founded nearby Pushkalavati , installed his two sons, Taksha and Pushkala, as the rulers of the two cities.

In the Buddhist Jatakas , Taxila
Taxila
is described as the capital of the kingdom of Gandhara
Gandhara
and a great centre of learning with world-famous teachers. The Takkasila Jataka, more commonly known as the Telapatta Jataka, tells the tale of a prince of Benares
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. 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.

In the Jain tradition, it is said that Rishabha
Rishabha
, the first of the Tirthankaras , visited Taxila
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.

HISTORY

EARLY SETTLEMENT

The region around Taxila
Taxila
was settled by the neolithic era, with some ruins at Taxila
Taxila
dating to 3360 BCE. Ruins dating from the Early Harappan period around 2900 BCE have also been discovered in the Taxila
Taxila
area, though the area was eventually abandoned after the collapse of the Indus Valley Civilisation.

The first major settlement at Taxila
Taxila
was established around 1000 BCE. By 900 BCE, the city was already involved in regional commerce, as discovered pottery shards reveal trading ties between the city and _ Puṣkalāvatī _.

Taxila
Taxila
was founded in a strategic location along the ancient "Royal Highway" that connected the capital at _ Pataliputra _ in Bihar
Bihar
, with ancient Peshawar
Peshawar
, _ Puṣkalāvatī _, and onwards towards Central Asia via Kashmir
Kashmir
, _ Bactria _, and _Kāpiśa _. Taxila
Taxila
thus changed hands many times over the centuries, with many empires vying for its control. Eastern border of the Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire

ACHAEMENID

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 embarked on a campaign to conquer Central Asia , _ Ariana
Ariana
_ and _ Bactria _, before marching onto what is now Afghanistan
Afghanistan
and northern Pakistan
Pakistan
. Emperor Darius spent the winter of 516-515 BCE in the _ Gandhara
Gandhara
_ region surrounding Taxila, and prepared to conquer the Indus Valley , which he did in 515 BCE, after which he appointed Scylax of Caryanda to explore the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
from the mouth of the Indus to the Suez
Suez
. Darius then returned to Persia
Persia
via the Bolan Pass
Bolan Pass
. The region continued under Achaemenid suzerainty under the reign of Xerxes I, and continued under Achaemenid rule for over a century.

HELLENISTIC AND MAURYAN

A map of Alexander's campaign in ancient India .

Alexander the Great invaded Taxila
Taxila
in 326 BCE, after the city was surrendered by its ruler, king Omphis . Greek historians accompanying Alexander described Taxila
Taxila
as “wealthy, prosperous, and well governed.” His troops were said to have found a university in Taxila, the like of which had not been seen in Greece.

After Alexander's departure, Taxila
Taxila
came under the influence of Chandragupta Maurya , who turned Taxila
Taxila
into a regional capital. His advisor, Kautilya , was said to have taught at Taxila's university. Under the reign of Ashoka
Ashoka
, the city was made a great seat of Buddhist learning, though the city was home to a minor rebellion during this time.

INDO-GREEK

In the 2nd century BCE, Taxila
Taxila
was annexed by the Indo-Greek kingdom of Bactria . Indo-Greeks
Indo-Greeks
build new capital, Sirkap , on the opposite bank of the river from Taxila. 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
Taxila
was overthrown by the Indo-Scythian chief Maues around 90 BCE. Gondophares , founder of the Indo-Parthian Kingdom , conquered Taxila
Taxila
around 20 BCE, and made Taxila
Taxila
his capital. According to early Christian legend, Thomas the Apostle visited Gondophares IV around 46 CE, possibly at Taxila
Taxila
given that that city was Gondophares' capital city.

KUSHAN

In the first century CE, the Greek Neopythagorean philosopher 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 . The great Kushan ruler Kanishka
Kanishka
later founded _ Sirsukh
Sirsukh
_, the most recent of the ancient settlements at Taxila.

DECLINE

Taxila's university remained in existence during the travels of Chinese pilgrim Faxian , who visited Taxila
Taxila
around 400 CE. He wrote that Taxila's name translated as "the Severed Head", and was the site of a story in the life of Buddha
Buddha
"where he gave his head to a man".

The White Huns swept over _Gandhāra_ and Punjab
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. 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 with the state having become a dependency of Kashmir
Kashmir
with the local leaders fighting amongst themselves for power. Only a few monks remained there. He noted that it had some time previously been a subject of Kapisa
Kapisa
. By the ninth century, it became a dependency of the Kabul Shahis .

CENTRE OF LEARNING

A view over the ruins of Sirkap. Main article: Ancient higher-learning institutions

By some accounts, Taxila
Taxila
was considered to be one of the earliest (or the earliest) universities in the world. 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, in contrast to the later Nalanda university in eastern India.

Taxila
Taxila
became a noted centre of learning (including the religious teachings of Buddhism
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
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. Generally, a student entered Taxila
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 . Students came to Taxila
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.

NOTABLE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

Taxila
Taxila
had great influence on Hindu
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 and assisted in the founding of the Mauryan
Mauryan
empire. Chanakya's Arthashastra (_The knowledge of Economics_) is said to have been composed in Taxila
Taxila
itself. The Ayurvedic
Ayurvedic
healer Charaka also studied at Taxila. He also started teaching at Taxila
Taxila
in the later period. Pāṇini , the grammarian who codified the rules that would define Classical Sanskrit
Sanskrit
, has also been part of the community at Taxila.

The institution is significant in Buddhist tradition since it is believed that the Mahāyāna branch of Buddhism
Buddhism
took shape there. Jivaka, the court physician of the Magadha emperor Bimbisara
Bimbisara
who once cured the Buddha, and the Buddhism-supporting ruler of Kosala, Prasenajit, are some important personalities mentioned in Pali
Pali
texts who studied at Taxila.

No external authorities like kings or local leaders subjected the scholastic activities at Taxila
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.

Knowledge was considered too sacred to be bartered for money, and hence any stipulation that fees ought to be paid was vigorously condemned. Financial support came from the society at large, as well as from rich merchants and wealthy parents. 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. Paying students, such as princes, were taught during the day, while non-paying ones were taught at night. 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.

Examinations were treated as superfluous, and not considered part of the requirements to complete one's studies. The process of teaching was critical and thorough- unless one unit was mastered completely, the student was not allowed to proceed to the next. 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.

Students arriving at Taxila
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
Taxila
chiefly to reach the ends of knowledge in specific disciplines.

RUINS

The Dharmarajika Stupa
Stupa

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
Taxila
however, wasn't one of them. Its identification was made difficult partly due to errors in the distances recorded by Pliny in his 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
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.

Now as Hwen Thsang, on his return to China, was accompanied by laden elephants, his three days' journey from _Takhshasila_ 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,

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

The vast archaeological site includes neolithic remains dating to 3360 BCE, and Early Harappan remains dating to 2900–2600 BCE at _Sarai Kala_. 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
Taxila
include four major cities, each belonging to a distinct time period, at three different sites. The earliest settlement at Taxila
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 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
Sirsukh
, which was built by rulers of the Kushan empire, who ruled from nearby _Purushapura_ (modern Peshawar
Peshawar
).

WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Taxila
Taxila
was designated a UNESCO
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 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. They number 18 in all:

* Khanpur Cave * Saraikala, prehistoric mound * Bhir Mound * Sirkap (fortified city) * Sirsukh
Sirsukh
(fortified ruined city) * Dharmarajika stupa and monastery * Khader Mohra (Akhuri) * Kalawan group of buildings * Giri complex of monuments * Kunala stupa and monastery * Jandial
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
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. In 2017, it was announced that Thailand
Thailand
would assist in conservation efforts at Taxila, as well as at Buddhist sites in the Swat Valley
Swat Valley
.

GALLERY

*

A coin from 2nd century BCE Taxila. *

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

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

Jaulian silver Buddhist reliquary, with content. British Museum
British Museum
. *

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

Stupa
Stupa
in Taxila. *

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

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

SEE ALSO

* Taxila (satrapy) * Harappa * Gandhara
Gandhara

NOTES

* ^ "Post- Mauryan
Mauryan
(Punjab). Taxila
Taxila
(local coinage). Circa 220-185 BC. Æ (17x18mm, 7.71 g)". _www.cngcoins.com_. Classical Numismatic Group Inc. Retrieved 28 June 2017. * ^ Allchin & Allchin 1988 , p. 314. * ^ _A_ _B_ Upinder Singh 2008 , p. 265. * ^ _A_ _B_ Wheeler 2008 . * ^ _A_ _B_ Allchin 1993 , p. 69. * ^ _A_ _B_ "Taxila". UNESCO. Retrieved 1 June 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ _H_ "Taxila, ancient city, Pakistan". Encyclopædia Britannica . Retrieved 16 May 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Needham 2005 , p. 135. * ^ Kulke & Rothermund 2004 : "In the early centuries the centre of Buddhist scholarship was the University
University
of Taxila." * ^ Mookerji 1989 , p. 478: "Thus the various centres of learning in different parts of the country became affiliated, as it were, to the educational centre, or the central university, of Taxila
Taxila
which exercised a kind of intellectual suzerainty over the wide world of letters in India." * ^ Mookerji 1989 , p. 479: "This shows that Taxila
Taxila
was a seat not of elementary, but higher, education, of colleges or a university as distinguished from schools." * ^ Altekar 1965 , p. 109. * ^ _A_ _B_ "Nalanda" (2007). _Encarta_. * ^ _A_ _B_ "Nalanda" (2001). _ Columbia Encyclopedia _. * ^ Windsor, Antonia (17 October 2006). "Out of the rubble". _The Guardian_. London. Retrieved 24 May 2010. * ^ Global Heritage Fund GHF * ^ Scharfe 2002 , pp. 140,141. * ^ Lahiri 2015 , Chapter 3. * ^ Marshall 1951 , p. 1. * ^ Kosambi 1975 , p. 129. * ^ Davis 2014 , p. 38. * ^ Kosambi 1975 , p. 126. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Marshall 1960 , p. 10. * ^ Malalasekera 1937 , Telapatta Jātaka (No.96): "The Bodhisatta was once the youngest of one hundred sons of the king of Benares. He heard from the Pacceka Buddhas, who took their meals in the palace, that he would become king of Takkasilā if he could reach it without falling a prey to the ogresses who waylaid travellers in the forest. Thereupon, he set out with five of his brothers who wished to accompany him. On the way through the forest the five in succession succumbed to the charms of the ogresses, and were devoured. One ogress followed the Bodhisatta right up to the gates of Takkasilā, where the king took her into the palace, paying no heed to the Bodhisatta's warning. The king succumbed to her wiles, and, during the night, the king and all the inhabitants of the palace were eaten by the ogress and her companions. The people, realising the sagacity and strength of will of the Bodhisatta, made him their king." * ^ Appleton 2016 , pp. 23,82. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Allchin & Allchin 1988 , p. 127. * ^ Allchin & Allchin 1988 , p. 314: "The first city of Taxila
Taxila
at Hathial goes back at least to c. 1000 B.C." * ^ Centre, UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage. "Taxila". _whc.unesco.org_. * ^ Scharfe 2002 , p. 141. * ^ Mohan Pant, Shūji Funo, _ Stupa
Stupa
and Swastika: Historical Urban Planning Principles in Nepal\'s Kathmandu Valley._ NUS Press, 2007 ISBN 9971693720 , citing Allchin: 1980 * ^ Thapar 1997 , p. 237. * ^ "Darius the Great - 8. Travels - Livius". _www.livius.org_. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Marshall 1951 , p. 83. * ^ Trautmann 1971 . * ^ Thapar 1997 . * ^ Kulke & Rothermund 2004 , p. 75. * ^ Marshall 1951 , p. 84. * ^ Marshall 1951 , p. 85. * ^ Medlycott 1905 , Chapter: The Apostle Thomas and Gondophares the Indian King. * ^ Kulke & Rothermund 2004 , p. 80. * ^ _A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms, Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Hsien of his Travels in India and Ceylon in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline_, Chapter 11 * ^ Marshall 1951 , p. 86. * ^ _A Guide to Taxila_. Cambridge University
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Press. p. 39, 46. * ^ Elizabeth Errington, Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis. _Persepolis to the Punjab: Exploring Ancient Iran, Afghanistan
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and Pakistan_. British Museum Press. p. 134. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link ) * ^ Kulke & Rothermund 2004 , p. 157. * ^ _A_ _B_ Mookerji 1989 , pp. 478,479. * ^ Altekar 1965 , p. 109: "It may be observed at the outset that Taxila
Taxila
did not possess any colleges or university in the modern sense of the term." * ^ Marshall 1951 , p. 81: "We come across several Jātaka stories about the students and teachers of Takshaśilā, but not a single episode even remotely suggests that the different 'world renowned' teachers living in that city belonged to a particular college or university of the modern type."author=F. W. Thomas (1944) * ^ _A_ _B_ Mookerji 1989 , pp. 478–489. * ^ Prakash 1964 : "Students from Magadha traversed the vast distances of northern India in order to join the schools and colleges of Taxila. We learn from Pali
Pali
texts that Brahmana youths, Khattiya princes and sons of setthis from Rajagriha, Kashi, Kosala and other places went to Taxila
Taxila
for learning the Vedas and eighteen sciences and arts." * ^ Apte , p. 9. * ^ Kautilya. Encyclopædia Britannica. Archived 10 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine . * ^ Mookerji 1988 , p. 17. * ^ "Takshila university". Retrieved 1 April 2012. * ^ Prakash 1964 : " Pāṇini and Kautilya, two masterminds of ancient times, were also brought up in the academic traditions of Taxila" * ^ Prakash 1964 : "Likewise, Jivaka, the famous physician of Bimbisara
Bimbisara
who cured the Buddha, learnt the science of medicine under a far-famed teacher at Taxila
Taxila
and on his return was appointed court-physician at Magadha. Another illustrious product of Taxila
Taxila
was the enlightened ruler of Kosala, Prasenajit, who is intimately associated with the events of the time of the Buddha." * ^ _A_ _B_ Apte , pp. 9,10. * ^ Apte , pp. 16,17. * ^ Apte , pp. 18,19. * ^ Apte , p. 11. * ^ Cunningham 1871 , p. 105. * ^ " Taxila
Taxila
Map". _whc.unesco.org_. UNESCO
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World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 29 June 2017. * ^ " Global Heritage Fund - GHF". * ^ " Thailand
Thailand
to provide assistance for restoration of Ghandhara Archelogical sites". The Nation. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.

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