Pandav Lari: rediscovering ancient architecture

Even when entering these crumbling complexes. These great remains with their porches and pediments have remained more from Greece than from India, and it is hard to believe that a style of architecture which differs so much from all Indian examples and has so much in common with those of Greece, may have been due to chance only this striking resemblance.

Of these specimens, the earliest dates as early as 220 BC. AD, when the Kabul valley and even western Punjab were occupied by Bactrain Greeks, under Euthydemus and Demetrous, (today evidence of Indo Greeks and Indo Scythians have been found in Jammu and Kashmir as well).

If it is admitted that the architects of Kashmir owed those of Greece their pediments, their fluted columns, or even any of their minute details, I think that they certainly borrowed them from the temples of their immediate neighbors the Greeks. of Bactria and not buildings of distant Syrian Greeks.

I also think that if these pediments had been imitated from later Romanized examples, the copyist would hardly have overlooked the structural arches which occupy their pediments. In fact, the forms of the main Kashmiri moldings could only be borrowed from the pure Greek style of an era before the Roman innovation of circular segmental moldings”.