GANDHARA Some 2,000 years ago, the area now covered by the Peshawar and Rawalpindi districts of modern-day Pakistan was known by the name of Gandhara Its people were known as Gandharas At one point the kingdom of Gandhara also included Kashmir In the third century BC, it was a part of the empire of Asoka (c 273 BC-232 BC), the third emperor of the Maurya dynasty Gandhara contained the two famous cities of Taxila and Pushkaravati After the collapse of the Mauryan empire, Gandhara was parceled out among the Indo-Bactrian princes; still later, it formed part of the Kushan dominions It thus became a meeting point of Eastern and Western cultures and gave birth to what came to be called Gandhara art

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