Kashmiri Pandits and saraswat Brahims

by P.N.K. Bamzai
Koshur Samachar

The Valley of Kashmir is known among the Kashmiri Pandits or Saraswat Brahmins of Kashmir as Saradapeeth or the Abode of the Goddess of Learning and Fine Arts. During their five thousand years of history, they have made colossal contribution to world civilization in the field of Religion, Philosophy, Sanskrit literature, medicine, history, aesthetics, etc. As models of non-violence, they have never handled lethal weapons or spoken harsh words. Devoted to the study of Vedas and other Sastras in all their aspects, the essence of these studies has been coursing in their blood-stream from generation to generation. In peaceful or turbulent times they were protected under their spiritual umbrella by a large number of highly advanced saints and sages who flourished in the Valley from time to time.

No wonder they preferred death to change in their religion and withstood stoically the ruthless masters for five hundred years of Muslim rule. And when pushed back to the wall, they migrated to places of safety in the hot plains of India.

This process has been repeated in 1990 but on a vaster scale. Threatened with annihilation by Islamic Fundamentalists and gun-toting terrorists, the hapless Brahmins migrated en masse to Jammu and other places in the hot plains of the rest of India, leaving behind their hearths and homes, movable and immovable properties, their jobs and business, even the education of their children. The treatment they received from the State and Central Governments is perhaps the most bitter instance of this nature in the world. As refugees in their own country, their governments treated them with disdain. Instead of giving them comfort and solace, their attitude towards them was callous and inhuman.

How and wherefrom did the Kashmiri Pandits or Vedic Aryans enter and settle in the Valley is an interesting episode in the early movement of people from place to place.

The main theory about the Aryan settlement in Kashmir as advanced by Dr. Grierson was that they formed a part of the stream of Indo-Aryans from Central Asia, but did not share the migration to India via the Kabul River Valley to settle in the Punjab. They broke away from the mainstream while crossing the Hindukush and entering the Valley via Dardistan settled there.

But after deep research for the last 15 years the writer has come to the conclusion that Dr. Grierson’s Theory was erroneous. Actually they came to the Valley from the Punjab centuries after the first settlement of Aryans there.

Briefly speaking, the earliest stream of Aryans who entered India, found the banks of the River Saraswati in the Punjab fertile and conducive to easy cultivation, and settled there.

Described in the Rig Veda as “the mother of rivers”, scholars have debated for centuries whether Saraswati is a myth or has been a reality at some distant point of time.

Fortunately a team of archaeologists, geologists, geographers and historians led by the famous archeologist Dr. V.S. Wakankar, began their quest of the river in 1985. Armed with high-tech facilities like landsat and multi-spectoral scanner (MSS), the team began the quest from the believed source of the river at Adi Badri in the Shivalik Hills in Ambala They sieved through the whole area notably 150 prominent sites along the route in the Thar Desert ending at Somnath in Gujarat.

At the end of it all they had solid evidence to prove the existence of a highly developed culture on the banks of a mighty river which they say was Saraswati.

Apart from this evidence, the existence of a mighty river, matching the Vedic description of Saraswati, has been scientifically proved. The multi-spectoral scanner (MSS), a widely used and relied upon equipment in archaeology, indicates various channels of the river in the region.

According to MSS observations of various channels, Sutluj was the main tributary of Ghaggar (the present name for Saraswati, now in Pakistan). But tectonic movements forced Sutluj to flow in different direction (at right angle to its original channel), thus leaving Ghaggar dry.

A study of the landsat imagery of Ghaggar (Saraswati) reveals that the river had a constant width of six to eight kilometres from Shatrana in the Punjab to Marot in Pakistan.

The waters of the river spread prosperity all around and the settlers passed centuries there in peace, building well-planned towns and cities to live in. The Aryan society was by and by stratified into classes according to the kind of their work and profession or varna. But as ill-luck would have it, the life-giving river changed its course several times and ultimately dried up. Known as Saraswat Brahmins, Kshatryas and Vaisas, they left the Punjab in search of equally good if not better land in the rest of the sub-continent. An enterprising batch went back to the mountains in the north to reside in the Kashmir Valley of whose beauty and salubrious climate they had heard from their forefathers who used to go there during summer. They sought the protection of Nila, the Lord of the Nagas and begged his permission to settle in the Valley permanently as his subjects.

Nila listened to their tale of woe sympathetically, but promised the requested permission on condition that they conformed to the social usages and customs of the Nagas. The Saraswats agreed to these conditions when the Naga chief permitted them to reside permanently in the Valley.

Aryan Entry Into The Valley

At what point of time this important immigration into the Valley of Saraswat Aryans (comprising Brahmans, Kshatryas, Vaisas and Sudras) took place is not possible to say. However, the beginning of the Saptarishi or Laukika Era seems to be the time when the Sarswat Aryans entered into and settled in the Valley, after getting permission from Nila, the lord of the Naga tribe who were already settled there. The beginning of this era nearly coincides with Mahabharata war. The date of the coronation of King Yudhishtra is given as Kaliyug Samvat 653. Kalhana too begins the Rajatarangini from this time as is evident from the description of the installation by Lord Krishna of Queen Yasomati on the throne of Kashmir as the guardian of her son King Gonanda II.

The Saptarishi or Laukika era is still in current use among the Brahmin population of Kashmir. Buhler was the first to prove from the extant tradition of Kashmiri Brahmins and other evidence that the commencement of the Laukika Era is placed on Caitra Sudi 1, of Kali Samvat 25 (expired) or the year 3076-75 B.C. Since his discovery correct accounts of the Laukika reckoning are to be found in all handbooks of Indian chronology.

That the Kashmiri Brahmins have held on to and followed this calendar tenaciously for the last 5066 years is a strong point in favour of assuming their entry in the Kashmir Valley round about the beginning of this era.

The various exigencies of time and division of labour gradually differentiated the priestly Brahmins from other castes. And when the Saraswat Aryans entered the Valley, the Brahmins were in a dominating position and laid down rules and regulations for the other castes to follow in accordance with the agreement with Nagas. From that time begins the emergence of the Kashmiri Pandits or the Saraswat Brahmins of Kashmir as a distinct community in the all-embracing comity of people called Hindus.

Profoundly learned, it was only the Kashmiri Pandits who were capable of expounding the Vedas, the Vedanganas, the Itihasas, the Puranas and the Mimamsa. They were well-versed in various orthodox and heterodox philosophic systems. Jurists, astrologers, mathematicians, poets and philosophers were from this community. Even the less educated among them did fairly well, for they could act as Kathavacaks or reciters of sacred stories and performers of various domestic rites. Sanskrit was their mother tongue and both men and women spoke it fluently.

Society took good care of the Brahmins, for they received land gifts and money. There is mention of many grants or agraharas in literature and epigraphs. Villages were transferred to the Brahmins with pastures for cows, with lands, water and trees, fruit bearing or otherwise.

A class that helped in the preservation of Dharma and contributed much to cultural progress, naturally enjoyed some privileges in a society dominated by it. Smritis and the Puranas speak of the Brahmins as being exempt from taxation and capital punishment. The ancient Dharmasastras lay down that a Brahmin should not be given any corporal punishment. Many other Smritis speak of exile as the maximum punishment for a Brahmin.

Education

The Saraswat Brahmins of Kashmir were models of simplicity, purity, truthfulness, ascetic tendency and compassion. All these traits of the highest human culture were built-up by Rishis and Maharishis who, in their secluded Ashrams performed austere penances and at the same time taught a large number of students who stayed in the Ashrams and led a life befitting Brahmin Brahmacharin. Thus the Guru-Shishya Parampara was established. The children of a house-holder lived with Acharyas (teachers) in the latter’s home. There they used to serve their teacher by gathering fuel for homa and offered morning and evening prayers. The recitation of the Vedic hymns with their proper accents, preceded by the syllable OM took place at day-break. Early morning was the time set apart for studies.

Consequently, Upanayan Sanskara, which literally means taking the child to the Guru, was the most important in one’s life. The Brahman, the Khatriya and Vaisa boys were initiated when they were 8, 11 and 12 years respectively. This initiation of a boy into the three R’s took place on an auspicious day in a festive atmosphere. Gods were propitiated, feasts arranged and presents offered to the teacher before entrusting the student to his care. A very disciplined life was laid down by the medieval digests for students receiving Brahmanical education. By the time the boy attained the age of sixteen years, he was expected to be the master of all sciences and arts.

The educational course naturally differed according to the needs of the student. A Brahmin learnt the four Vedas, the six Angas, the various scripts, Mimamsa, Smritis, Puranas, Karmakanda, Jyotish, Ganita, Music, Sciences, etc.

The education of a student did not end here. They took inspiration from the Rishis and Paramrishis who in their ashrams and seats of learning propagated gems of philosophy, art, literature and history. Apart from imparting education to hundreds of Kashmiri students, they instructed numerous scholars from distant lands, who braving long and arduous journey came to Kashmir to drink deep from the well of knowledge at the feet of the masters. No wonder that from remote ages Kashmir became the seat of learning, and earned for itself the appropriate name of Saradapeeth or the seat of Sarada, the Goddess of Learning and Fine Arts.

Apart from performing rites and rituals as prescribed by the Sastras, the Brahmin householder worshipped the Hindu Triad, namely Siva, Vishnu and Brahma and their Consorts – Parvati or Uma who has a variety of other names such as Kali, Durga, Mahadevi (the Consort of Siva); Sri or Lakshmi (the Consort of Vishnu) and Vagheswari or Saraswati (the Consort of Brahma)

In later times a special sect who were devotees and worshippers of Sakti – the manifestation of power and energy of Siva – came into prominence and were known as Saktas. Their rites and rituals and the mode of their performance differed basically from the mainstream of the Kashmiri Pandits.

The snow-capped mountain peaks around the Valley evoked the image of Siva with Ganga coming out of His locks and gushing down in streams to the plains below, spreading life all around. Hence, Kashmir has, from time immemorial, been known as the Land of Siva (Sivapuri). The worship of Siva and the study of Saivism is, therefore, a predominant theme in the religious and philosophic practices of the Kashmiri Brahmins. Though the Trikka philosophy popularly known as Kashmir Saivism took shape in the 8th Century A.D., Sivasana or Sivagama, that is Saivism as such, is far older than this date. Indeed we can trace its beginning in the Vedic Revelations.

The origin of the earliest works on Saivism in Kashmir is lost in antiquity. It is said that originally there were sixty-four systems of philosophy covering every aspect of thought and life, but they all gradually disappeared and the world was plunged into spiritual darkness. Then Siva, goes the legend, moved by pity for the ignorance and sufferings of mankind, appeared on the Kailasa mountain in the form of Srikantha. He commanded the sage Durvasa to spread true knowledge among men. Durvasa created three sons by the power of his mind and to one of these, Tryambaka, he imparted the knowledge of monistic philosophy.

So Brahmanism diluted with the animistic faith of the indigenous Nagas and influenced by the Saivite faith, formed the religion of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley from their settlement there till the appearance of Emperor Asoka in the middle of 300 B .C. along with a contingent of 5000 Bikshus whom he settled in the Valley to study and propagate Buddhism.

28 Comments

  1. Tarun Basu
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I would agree that there is no doubt that the Brahmins of Kashmir are pure Aryans. Where they came from no man will ever know! All honerst people with a scientific mind will agree on this. The word Naga means many things in the Sanskrit language.

    Also the Aryan skeletons in Kashmir and rest of India pre-date the Aryan invasion theory. Thus no invasion took place. The first mention of Aryans is in the Rigveda and Avesthan texts. Thus it is safe to conclude that the Aryans were known for the first time in India and Iran.

    To me this view makes more sense:

    Kashmir’s Contribution to Indian Culture
    by Dr. ( Mrs. ) Bimla K. Munshi
    Some scholars in the Centre of Central Asian Studies of Kashmir University are probing in the direction of establishing the thesis that First man appeared in the Kashmir Valley. This has reference also to the Burzahom excavation and the remains of the so called pit-dwellers found there. All scientists agree that the earliest Homo Erectus named as Ramapithecus Panjabicus appeared in the Northern parts of India situated just south of Kashmir. In my opinion, all these facts point to the inescapable conclusion that Kashmir is the original home of the Aryans and that Aryan and Vedic Culture spread out to other parts of the country from Kashmir Valley itself. We should not forget that there was a time when Gandhar Pradesh ( present Afganistan and N. W. F. P. of Pakistan ) included Kashmir also. There are certain symbols and sacred things of Hinduism which were and are, found in Kashmir only. I mean to say that Kashmir Valley is the only place where all of them are found. Some of them are: Srichakra Fish ( Sacred as Matsyavatora and worshipped here even now ) Lotus ( connected with Brahma, Vishnu and Lakshmi ) Bhoorjva ( Bhoj-Patra on which ancient scriptures were etched ), Devadaru Tree, Kesar, Kustoori, Snow, The Snow white God Shiv ( Him-Rund-Endu-Karpur-Varna ), Mountains, Water, Nag and Sarp, (not only in Humun form ), Som ( it is being proved now that it was found in the mountains of Kashmir towards Sharada teerth ), Kesar Dhatura ( Used in Shiv Worship) and Kasturi these all have an essential place in our ancient traditions and also in present religious rituals.
    The boat of Manu, when it was floundering in the floods of the Khand-Pralaya had found its final resting ground at a place called Manoravsarpan, which is situated in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Manu was the Adi Purush from whom sprang the modern human race and Kashmir was the place where the first human of the present civilisation originated.

    The seals of the Sindh-Valley Civilisation have been deciphered and it has now been proved that they contain the picture of the Aryan God Shiv in Makhanasan Mudra. Foreign scholars have been trying to squeeze the Vedic, Ramayan and Mahabharat periods between 1500 B.C., (when Sindh Valley Civilisation was destroyed) to 600 B. C., to prove that the movement of Aryans had been from the west to the east, the time of Buddha ( 600 B. C. ) a historically confirmed fact. If the Sindh Valley civilisation is a vedic civilisation and/or it was destroyed earlier than 1500 B. C. then the movement of Aryans will be proved to have been from the East (from India ) to the west ( to Iran and other parts of Europe ). The creation of Vedas, their reduction into writing and the spread of their oral tradition, the spread of Aryan Culture to the eastern parts of India, the time-lag between the Vedic and Ramayana period, the Ramayan and Mahabharat periods, the Mahabharat and Buddha periods and the gradual evolution (or degeneration) of the Vedic language into Sanskrit, and of Sanskrit into Pali could not have taken place during only 900 years ( between 1500 B. C. to 600 B. C. ). Thus, when it has been proved that the Sindh Valley Civilisation is post Vedic ( not pre-vedic as some foreign scholars have been trying to project ), the movement of the Aryans had surely been from the east to the west and their original home was Kashmir. It is a different matter that more than 80% of the people of the Aryan stock in Asia are now muslims and they inhabit the areas of Kashmir, Pakistan, Afganistan and Iran.

    There is another point of importance. The Jews who migrated from the city of Or to their present country of Israel in about 4000 B. C. have a mention of this movement in their scriptures but nowhere in the Vedas is a mention that the Aryan had come from anywhere outside India.

    The Kashmiri language which is the only Apabhransha ( degenerate form ) of the Vedic language ( not of Sanskrit ) also proves that the original home of the Aryans was this sacred valley of Kashmir of noble traditions.

    This is a very big subject to discuss, hence I am only listing below the other factors which prove that Kashmir has contributed to Indian culture more than any other ‘ Pradesh ‘ of the Country:

    1) There is a tradition that Bhagwan Ramchandra had come to Kashmir in search of Devi Sita.

    2) Lord Krishna himself had come to Kashmir to put on throne the widow ( Yashomati ) of the Kashmiri King defeated by him. There are hints in the Mahabharata that the forces of the King of Kashmir had taken part in great Indian war though they were on the side of the Kauravas, and that Takshak (Nag), who belonged to Kashmir later killed Raja Parikshit.

    3 ) During the Buddhist period, Kashmir was a great centre of Buddhism and it was from Kashmir that this faith spread ( through Khotan) to China, Mangolia, Japan and Turkey (from where it was eliminated later). The last Buddhist Congress during the times of Kanishka was held in Kashmir.

    4 ) Pantni the great grammarian of Sanskrit was also from Kashmir. Gandharadesh ( present Afganistan) and Kashmir were part of the same region in olden times.

    5 ) It is a well known fact that even today the old Vedic rituals of marriages and Yajnas are followed only by the Brahmans of Kerala, Kashmir and Karnatak.

    6) When Jagatguru Shankaracharya eliminated the impossible religion of Buddhism from India he came to Kashmir also. The Shankaracharya temple still stands as a monument of his visit.

    7) After Takshila and Nalanda, the Centre of Sanskrit studies shifted to the Sanskrit University Brajbihara in Kashmir, which was, along with its huge library, later destroyed by Sikander Butshikhan.

    8 ) A majority of the major poets and scholars of Sanskrit of India were Kashmiris: – Kalidas, Kshirswamin, Kalhan, Bilhan, Mammat, Anand Vardhan, Vaman, Kshemendra, Abhinav Gupta, Rojanak Shitianth and others. The first historically viable book of history in Sanskrit is Rajtarangini.

    9) The Kashmiri Shaivism and Tantra Schools are also distinct contributions to the ethos of India. Even Vamachar is sort of a contribution of Kashmir to Indian rituals.

    Thus Kashmir has been the home of Vedic Culture and religion, Buddhist faith, Sanskrit scholarship, Shaivism, Islam, Sufism ( Kashmiri Sufism is a little different from the Sufism which developed in other parts of the country ) and Sikhism

  2. Madhav
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Even a layman can observe that these Indians, the Kashmiri Brahmins are the purest of the Aryan Race in any region of the globe. Due to insecurities, jealousies etc., many foreigners are trying to erase the Aryan sumbol of India namely the Swastika and even the word Aryan from India, even though Indians had no respect for the Nazis. I would also mention most of us Indians (more than 72%) also belong to the pure Aryan stock. Central Asia was part of Aryavarta (Aryavarta included Aryadesa, etc.) and Kashmir belongs to India (and will always belong to India) and is in reality geographically Central Asia.

  3. Singh
    Posted May 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am a student of Kashmiri history and have read the writing of PNK. I also read the writings of of the brilliant Pt. Anand Koul. Much data indicates that Kashmir may be the original home of the Aryan Race. Also the skeletons in Kashmir which have been found are a proof enough. The Rigveda was composed certainly in the Northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent (Kashmir is located in this region) and the first mention of Aryans is in the Rigveda. Thus all other theories fail. Aryans were native to India.

  4. Mohit Ganguly
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The first mention of the Aryan Race is in the Rigveda and ancient Persian texts. As is well established the Rigveda was compiled in the Northwestern region (Kashmir is a part of this region) of the Indian subcontinent. No mortal will ever know where the Aryans originated, but since the first mention of the Aryans is in Rigvedic and Persian texts we can conclude this Race is is known to have existed first in this region.

    I would agree the KPs (Kashmiris Pandits) have mentioned their pure Aryan traditions in every manner. The bone chewing Aryan tradition still persists in the KP children: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8725848659250172378&ei=DTcgSqDgEIq0qQLuosmZAg&q=Aryan+Bone&hl=en

  5. T. Raina
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yes we KPs have maintained our ancient Aryan traditions.
    See ancient Aryan tradition: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8725848659250172378&ei=DTcgSqDgEIq0qQLuosmZAg&q=Aryan+Bone&hl=en

  6. Tapeshwar Ganju
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Read the works of the great Anand Koul and PNK. While Anand is focussed and objective PNK has a lot of data in his book. I suggest KPs who like you couple are proud of your traditions read both books. The Aryan past of India and the Kashmiri Pandits is on solid roots which can not be shaken by all foreign propaganda and agenda. The Vedic bone initiation is a common practice in modern Kashmir to this day.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8725848659250172378&ei=DTcgSqDgEIq0qQLuosmZAg&q=Aryan+Bone&hl=en

  7. Dr. M.A. Jan
    Posted June 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thuy shuy Mubarak. Kashur beni the Bhaiyaun Kandhur photo whecit gey sone gara khosh.

    My family in winter goes to Delhi for a few weeks and we meet many Kashmiris. In Kashmiri Emporium we met many Bhata and Bhatanis all wearing the deghor. My husband and family were happy to see you all maintain our culture. I saw few Bhatas and Bhatnis (very few) copying the Punjabis in Delhi in dress and culture and even many had become as dark as the Punjabis. These were not that many but few. Kasmiriyat has solid roots.

    Great Khandar Photographs may Allah bless this pretty couple.

    Dr. M.A. Jan

  8. Dr. M.A. Jan
    Posted June 21, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The Khandar Photos I loved on other Kashmiri sites. These are my views in general above.

    Dr. M.A. Jan
    Srinager

  9. Anup Singh
    Posted July 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Student of Kashmiri Shaivism at Kashi. I feel Kashmir good model for original home of us Aryans. Known without doubt that Rigveda was compiled in North-Western region (Kashmir is in this region) and first mention of Aryan race in this sacred book.

  10. rathore
    Posted April 13, 2010 at 2:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    Kashmir a North-Western region of our subcontinent is more North then most of Afghanistan. This should indicate that our subcontinent is the home of the Aryan Race and Sanskrit. Sanskrit is also the oldest surviving language of the Aryans.

  11. Posted May 11, 2010 at 10:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wonderful concept. I like it. Appreciate your sharing

  12. Singh
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 1:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    It is known without any doubt that 72% of India is pure Aryan. The colour of this mighty race ranged from brown to light. Aryans are to be found in every corner of India.

    Most scholars are opinion that Central Asia is the genuine original home of Aryans.

    Yes Kashmir is technically Central Asia it is more Northern than most of Afghanistan. The language of Kashmir to this day is related to Rigvedic Sanskrit. Thus the Aryans were surely indigenous to India as Kashmir and parts of Central Asia have been an integral part of ancient Aryavarta.

  13. G. Mathur
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I would agree that the Valley of Kashmir is original home of Aryans. If the Aryan Race came from Central Asia even then in reality Kashmir is Central Asia. Forget politics and lies (foreigners are spending money to change our history) most of us Indians are pure Aryans.

  14. Gujral
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 4:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Dear Friends,

    The Valley of Kashmir is now on its way to total peace. Do not go by minor upheavals or rumours. Just follow Dr. Manmohan Singh and no one else. He has a good plan for the return of Kashmiri Pandits. It should work. Ignore the rumours. do not forget his team is one of the best on our globe.

    Your pal,

    Gujral

    P.S. There are many people and countries who do not want the KPs to return to the Valley

  15. Triptab
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 3:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    Kashmir has her own unique culture. The ancient traditional history of Kashmir does inform us of nothing about Iran except that Raja Lalitaditya died in Aryanaka ( Iran ) while probably chasing the Arabs. Kashmir is the Center of Shaivism and pure Kashmiri language is closely related to Rig Vedic Sanskrit.

    Both India and Iran are independent Aryan civilizations probably from a common source but are also distinct. While Muslim missionaries from Iran , Turkmenistan entered Kashmir their cultural impact on Kashmiris is minimal, while their religious impact is evident as most Kashmiris now follow Islam. If you see the culture of Hindu Kashmiris (it is significantly the same from time immemorial to the present period) and Muslim Kashmiris there is more similarity than differences. also for instance the Hindus and Muslims in the same regions of India also have much in common.

    While I am not a Kashmiri but have lived in Srinager, I can mention there is an outside India agenda (mainly by the Jewish Lobby) to create a cultural rift between the Aryan Indians and Aryan Iranians. The Navreh (New Year) of the Kashmiri Brahmins pre-dates Islam in Kashmir by several millennia.

  16. Triptab
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 4:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    Kashmir (India) has her own unique culture. The ancient traditional history (Rajataringini) of Kashmir does make no mention of Iran except that Raja Lalitaditya perished in Aryanaka (Iran) probably chasing the Arabs. Kashmir is a center of Saivism and pure Kashmiri language is closely related to Rig-Vedic sanskrit.

    Both India and Iran are independent Aryan civilizations which probably originated from the same source yet both are distinct. While Muslim missionaries from Iran. Turkmenistan, etc. did venture into Kashmir and other regions of India their cultural impact on India is minimal while their religious impact is evident as quite a few Indians follow Islam. For example if you compare a Hindu Kashmiri with a Muslim one culturally they have much in common. This is not uncommon in other regions of India as well.

    While I am not a Kashmiri, I have lived in Kashmir and it is clear to me that there is an agenda from outside the borders of India (mainly by the Jewish Lobby) to create a cultural conflict between Aryan India and Aryan Iran.

    It is clear to me that the Kashmiris have much in common with other parts of India yet have their own culture as well. India is thus a colourful country. The Navreh (New Year) of the Kashmiri Brahmins pre-dates Islam by several millenia and is very close to the New Year (Navroz) of the Zoroastrians. This should indicate the originality of this region of India.

  17. Dr. Saligram Ghosh
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Total peace in Kashmir is close so Kashmiri Brahmins who love your soil prepare yourselves to go back. Kashmiriyat has survived and the Hindu-Muslim brotherhood not only in Kashmir but also in other regions of India has blossomed.

    A great job has been done by our brilliant Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

  18. A WELL-WISHER
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 1:56 am | Permalink | Reply

    Your site is a great site.I suggest you take note of these facts:

    Please note that the time of return for the Kashmiri Brahmins and other people uprooted from the valley is not far away. However, you all should be alert that some internal and external forces do not do psychological propaganda to prevent your return. Mrs Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh are your well-wishers. Dr. Manmohan Singh is also a balanced and an enlightened leader, just trust and follow him.

    Please study in depth as to who was the advisor of Yasin Malik, it was none other than the head of the U.S. Jewish policy makers Stephen P. Cohen. Yasin loves this man.

  19. Dr. Lalit S. Jamwal
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 12:39 am | Permalink | Reply

    Yes peace is certain in Kashmir. The critical point for the Kashmiri Brahmins outside their state is to maintain their culture. I am from the J&K State. India is a great nation of variety yet extremely United thus no power can fragment us.

    My warning to Kashmiris is be careful, particularly of Jewish people. They are trying a create a confusion on this planet and are keen to transform other cultures to suit them. They are trying hard to Semitize the Aryan nations by false data. Even the proud Aryan Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the President of Iran and the proud Aryan Kurds were referred to as Semites (in this case Jews) by the Jewish run global media. Both these people belong to the Aryan Race but follow a Semitic religion Islam. The Kashmiri Brahmins are Pure Aryans and follow an Aryan religion Hinduism, while Kashmiri Muslims are also largely Aryan and follow a Semitic religions Islam. Most Muslims of Kashmir have Hindu origins.

    Finally be careful of Jewish origin genetics (the Jews have strong command in the North American academics) and by careful planting of fake data they will continue to try to make other people Semitic. This is easy to do via media, plants etc., though in India the Jews will never succeed. Be especially careful of the Aryan Burzahom it is easy for the Jews to make these skeletons even Semitic.

    At the end trust the Rajatarigini the great history of Kashmir all else like Kashmiris being ruled by Kamboj people is fabricated and concocted data. So Kashmiris Brahmins be alert do not let outside elements change your culture.

  20. Dr. Aslam Wani
    Posted October 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A great site. Please do read the views of a Kasmiri Muslim-
    Absolute peace in Kashmir is not too far. All the Brahmins who want to return to Kashmir their home are welcome. But be careful of the Jews. they are paying money and even marrying all over the globe to push their tentacles. They also want to make people all over the globe Semitic (Jewish-Arab) by false propaganda. A Jew met a Kashmiri Muslim businessman and told him you are like us. We circumcise, you do too, We never pray to idols, We never eat pork nor do you. Then the Jew bought a shawl from this Kashmri businessmen and the businessman (a semi-educated person) loved this man. The same man was next seen talking to a Hindu business man in Delhi. The Jew was telling the Hindu businessman we have trouble with Muslims you do too. What the this Jew was doing was pitching the Hindu against the Muslim.

    Both the Kashmiri Muslim and the Hindu Brahmin of Kashmir are the PUREST OF THE ARYAN RACE. However we Muslims of Kashmir follow THE GREAT SEMITIC RELIGION THAT IS ISLAM.

    Kashmiris irrespective of their religion love and have regard for others as well and also the Muslim Kashmiris and Hindu Kasmiris are one in origin, and brothers

  21. Dr. Jagtar Singh Sekhon
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The model of Kashmir as home of the great Aryan Race is very valid. Yes the Brahmins of Kashmir must be careful of the Jew who has a habit to penetrate all over and change cultures for their agenda. Also the Jewish people are cleverly demoralizing the Kashmiri Brahmins to prevent their return to their home. The Jews want to link the stability of Kashmir with the stability of Israel. The Jews have strong links in some parties and people in India.

  22. Dr. Aslam Wani
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Most Kashmiris want peace surely and Kashmir is on the road towards certain peace. However, surely be careful of the Jews or disguised Jews who are out to forment trouble in the Valley. Just today a Jewish Prof. Richard Shapiro has been deported as he was trying to forment trouble in the Valley.

  23. Anahita
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 3:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    In my opinion the region of Kashmir and Tajikistan is the original home of the mighty Aryan Race.
    Anonymous said…
    Yes indeed many fake sites are being run by the Jewish people as they have their own agenda. They are a determined people and by fraud are trying to make many Aryan people as Semites. As the Jews and Chinese are friends and actually strong allies fake Hebrew signs were recently planted in North-Wester Pakistan to make this region Semitic by fraud. As is well known China has great influence in small Pakistan

    Kashmirs like most of us Tajiks belong to the original and pure Aryan Race. We in Tajikistan celebrated the Aryan Year in 2006. However, there are some Semitic people in the West who want to Semitize this region by fraud. Taking all the facts into consideration they can not do it. The Burzahom skeletons in your area are surely pure Aryans, but be carefull by means of clever manipulation by some Semitic or disguised Semitic people and their plants they are not Semitized. I am sure they can not do it but will surely try.

    Your Tajik friend,
    Anahita

    • Shiva S Bhatt
      Posted September 25, 2011 at 3:26 am | Permalink | Reply

      There is only the Vedic Aryans & it is not a race. The term ARYA means one of noble descent who is a follower of Vedic Sanatan Hindu Dharma. Tajikistan was a conquered territory of the Hindu kings of India. Emperor Chandrapid, Lalitaditya, but Tajikistanis, Uzbekistanis, Kazhks, etc are all of Centra Asian race, just as every Indian, from Afghanistan to Bangladesh & Sri Lanka is of Vedic Aryan lineage. There was no such thing as Aryan Invasion & this theory has been trashed long time now. It was a conspiracy theory that was started by Macualay & Max Muller, both working towards anti Hindu agendas of their own to justify the British Invasion & to brea Hinduism down to further their own vested interests. Kashmiri Brahmins are not any different than the Brahmins of the rest of the Indian subcontinent – neither are they from Central Asia. These are just myths & rumours & lies spread by Bamzai et all. There is nothing Central Asian about Kashmiris & the Vedic Dharma which is Sanatan Dharma being followed since time immemorial by ALL Vedic Aryans of India.

      • Dr. V. R. Thakur
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:04 am | Permalink

        Aryans are clearly a Race, though many people particularly the Jews want to remove the race ;part. Why blame them they have suffered. Thus often a Jewish person acting as an Italian, German, etc. will try to convince you of this. The first mention of this Race is in the Rigveda and later on Lord Ram is referred to Aryaputra.

        Since India and Iran are cousin civilization see what darius said in 5th century B.C.” I am Darius, the great king, the king of kings
        The king of many countries and many people
        The king of this expansive land,
        The son of Wishtaspa of Achaemenid,
        Persian, the son of a Persian,
        ‘Aryan’, from the Aryan race
        “From the Darius the Great’s Inscription in Naqshe-e-Rostam”

  24. Lalit S. Jamwal
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Indeed some foreigners and their Indian plants are trying to create a fake controversy. The first mention of the Aryans is in the Rigveda and it is certain that this Veda was compiled in the North-Western region of the Indian subcontinent and Kashmir is surely in this region. Kashmir is also more North than most of Afghanistan. Amongst the most ancient fire-worshipers (Agni Puja) are the Kashmiri Brahmins, who were also known experts of the Vedas. So where is the doubt? The foreigners will often tell you keep your head open and if they find you naive will plant fake data in order to push their agenda.

    vedai + a a gai 1 padakramayutair vedåntasiddhåntakais
    tarkavyåkara ai purå apa hanair mantrai a a gågamai …
    paurå aśrutitarkaśåstranicayai ki cågnihotrå kitair
    viprair dhyånatapojapådiniratai snånårcanådyutsukai
    … kåśmīrabhūr uttamå || (Råjatara gi ī of Jonaråja, B 747)
    With the Vedas, the six appendices, with the Pada and Krama (texts),
    with Vedånta and Siddhånta, logic and grammar, Purå a recitation,
    with (Tantric) Mantras and the six traditional sects … with its masses of
    Purå ic, Vedic (śruti) and logic disciplines (tarkaśåstra), and, moreover,
    marked by Agnihotrins, with Brahmins devoted to meditation,
    asceticism, recitation and so on, and zealeaously engaged with ablutions,
    worship, and the like, … the land of Kashmir is the best.

  25. D. V. Pant
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 12:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    The Jews and disguised Jews are busy globally trying to remove the Aryan Race word and Swastika. but can not. The first mention of the mighty Race Aryans is in Central Asia and neighboring Northwestern Indian subcontinent of which Kashmir Valley is a part. Ram is Aryaputra and no one can remove this either-

    I am Darius, the great king, the king of kings
    The king of many countries and many people
    The king of this expansive land,
    The son of Wishtaspa of Achaemenid,
    Persian, the son of a Persian,
    ‘Aryan’, from the Aryan race
    “From the Darius the Great’s Inscription in Naqshe-e-Rostam”

    Note Avesta was written in Central Asia and Zoroaster lived in Central Asia.

    The Kashmiri Saraswat Brahmins are original Aryans from Saraswati region of the Indian subcontinent and Central Asian (or Avestan Haraxvaiti) River. Kashmir is truly Central Asian region of Bharat.

  26. Anne Agecoutay
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 1:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    I am half-Jewish by my father and half-Arya by my swiss-german mother. And I love Kashmiri People. I pray their genocide to end.

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