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Ghoda Gali: Ancient Equestrian Statues and Historical



  Oct 07, 2023

Exploring the Treasure Trove of Ghoda Gali


1. Where is Ghoda Gali located?

• About 3 km before the main historical town of Gool Gulab Garh.
 

2. What kind of statues can be found in Ghoda Gali?

• Equestrian statues, life-sized horses, and spring Bowles adorned with floral and geometrical designs.
 

3. What is the significance of these statues?

• The riders on horseback statues are shown with armory suits, hinting at a historical or warrior context.
 

4. What is the local belief about the origin of this site?

• Locals connect it to the Mahabharata age, believing it was constructed by the Pandavas during their exile.
 

5. Who might be historically associated with these sculptures?

• Potentially related to the Indo-Parthiens or a branch of Huns.
 

6. What is known about the Huns' history in Jammu and Kashmir?

• They established themselves in regions like Bactria and gradually took control over places like Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. Famous rulers included Tormarna and Miherakula.
 

7. What impact did the Huns have on Kashmir's economy?

• Disturbance in trade routes led to economic decline, causing a shift towards agriculture and the emergence of a feudal order in Kashmir.
 

8. Has the site at Ghoda Gali been investigated?

• It's been declared a state protected monument but hasn't been scientifically dated yet. It awaits a thorough archaeologial investigation.
 

9. What's the current status of Ghoda Gali?

• It's maintained by the archaeology department under the ancient monument preservation Act sumvet 1977 (1920).
 

10. Who should take action to further explore this site?

 
• The state archaeology department and the History department of Jammu University are urged to delve deeper into this treasure trove.
 
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