TAXILA - the story continues at Dharmrajika Stupa
By S Alamgir
Taxila –the name’s origins
Tashasila as it was called in Sanskrit gives some idea of the meaning of this name. Sila in Sanskrit means rock or stone . The legend says that the Buddha gave his head in charity to a man in this place . The Chinese called it Chu-cha-shi-lo.-- the difficulty of Chinese phonetics with the sila and sira has led to this day to have names around Taxila such as SIRKAP , Sirsukh and Margalla .
Taxila – center of 3 to 4 Great trade routes [ the secret as they say of great trading shops is its -- location , location location ….! ]
Of Taxila’s location, Marshall writing in his book after starting the excavations at Taxila in 1920s and 1930s, says that:
" ……. it was a little over 20 miles northwest of the modern city of Rawalpindi and close beside the railway junction of Taxila, where the main line of the North-Western Railway is joined by a branch line from Havelian in the Haripur valley. [It is currently also accessible from Islamabad, which is a twin city of Rawalpindi and the capital territory of Pakistan. In a away, Islamabad is like Washington D.C which is surrounded by Virginia and Maryland, so is Islamabad surrounded by the North-West Frontier Province on the North & West, and Punjab on the south.