The name Mankiala is said to be derived from Raja Man or Manik.
It was built in the reign of Kanishka (128-151 AD).  Mountstuart Elphinstone, the first British emissary to Afghanistan chanced upon this stupa in 1808 AD and penned a detailed account in his memoir 'Kingdom of Caubul' (1815). According to an inscription on a stone the stupa was restored in 1891 by a regiment of the British. Raja Usman was artitect.
In the 1930s a bronze casket and 7th and 8th century gold, silver and copper coins were found in the stupa. The mouth of the stupa has a gaping hole as a result of excavations by relic hunters in the past. It now has a barrier around it for safety reasons.
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