Retired prof crusades for recognition of ancient temple; Geoff Burns; The Blade


Nepal – Kathmandu Valley

Retired University of Toledo professor Dr. S. Amjad Hussain can recall a few childhood memories that resonate with him to this day. One involves reading about the Kanishka Stupa in grade school. A legend tells the story of the Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Guatama, who once passed through an area near his hometown of Peshawar, Pakistan, and turned to a disciple and said there would be a future king by the name of Kanishka who would build a stupa, or temple, in that same spot. As the story continues, about 400 years after the Buddha’s death, Kushan King Kanishka built the stupa in Peshawar. Two thousand years later that stupa is no longer visible; its remains lie beneath the Earth’s soil. Today, shops and houses sit on the area where the stupa once stood.

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