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024. Bimaran


Laghman Province. 11 kilometers west of Jalalabad at the foot of the Siah Kuh on the Darunta Plain.

Dates: Indo-Parthian, 1st century AD (numismatic, stylistic evidence);
           Kushan, 1st-2nd century AD (numismatic, stylistic)

Remains of four major stupas and at least two groups of votive stupas. The first is 38.40 meters in circumference and in very dilapidated condition. It has a decorative frieze of blind arches and pilasters, and inside was a steatite vase and cover, both with kharoshthi inscriptions, containing jewellery, coins and a gold reliquary inset with rubies, depicting scenes of Buddha. This precious object, known as the Bimaran Casket, is now at the British Museum in London.


The second stupa, 43.90 meters in circumference, lies in the center of the village. It stands on a square platform and contained a steatite vase, jewelery, gold ornaments and coins. The third is 33 meters in circumference and is surrounded by many mounds and two parallel lines of votive stupas. Inside was a silver reliquary jewels and coins. The fourth is 43.9 meters in circumference and is surrounded by extensive building debris. It contained nothing. In addition to the stupas there is a complex of six artificial caves in the foothills to the north.

Source: Warwick Ball, Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, 1982, n. 127



 

 





Latitude
  34° 28' N
 
  34.466667° N
Longitude
  70° 21' E
 

70.350000° E

UTM x
  623987.8472583914
UTM y
  3814727.7980150925
Zone
  42N
   
MGRS
  42SXP2398714727



Bimaran is found at the above coordinates on JOG map
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