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Whose Kashmir is it Anyway? by "pgk murthy" murthypgk
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna


Sat Mar 2, 2019 10:08 pm (PST) . Posted by:

"pgk murthy" murthypgk

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Whose Kashmir is it Anyway?

It is Rishi Kashyap's Kashmira

How this place got it's name...

Kashyap's Mira.. mira in Sanskrit means a huge lake,Sarovar.

Rishi Kashyap is one of the Saptarishis...seven sages of thepresent Vaivasvata Manvantara.

Those who belong to Kashyap Gotra are said to be theprogenies of this rishi..

Prajapati Daksha gave away thirteen of his daughters inmarriage to Kashyap rishi. Devatas, Danavas, Yakshas, Nagas etc, all areprogenies of Kashyap.


There was a huge, beautiful lake amidst the Meru Parvatrange.

Lord Shiva along with his consort Sati were very attractedby the beauty of the lake and were the regular visitors to the lake.

Kashyap presented this lake to Sati. The lake was thencalled Sati Sar.

A demon called Jalodbhava started residing in the lake andstarted terrorising the people around the lake. People living in the vicinitywent to Kashyap complaining and sought help. Kashyap called his Naga son Anantanaga to plan a strategy to eliminate Jalodbhava. They decided to empty the lakeand expose the demon and asked Lord Vishnu to destroy him.

Accordingly, a valley in the western side, called VarahaMukh, (presently Bara mullah) was cut to let the lake water to drain off in toa land locked sea which then later called Kashyapa's sea (presently calledCaspian sea). The demon then came out of the lake and Lord Vishnu killed him.


Partly emptied lake was then developed into a learningcenter for study of holy scriptures, Vedas, upanishads. The place developedinto a rich city of cultural heritage and thus named Srinagar. Anantnag, theNaga son of Kashyap built an other city in the neighborhood of Srinagar whichis now a district Headquarter Anantnag.


The entire Srinagar became very famous. Devi Gauri andGanesh were the frequent visitors. The route through which they were using wasknown as "Gauri Marg"...the present day Gulmarg!

Based on Nilamata Purana, Kalhana wrote

 "Rajatarangini" which is an historical authority on Kashmir. All over theworld the researchers on Kashmir use this great work as reference.

The most simplified version of this book available inEnglish is written by a British archeologist M A Stein. It is in three volumes.

Whose Kashmir is it Anyway?

Kashmir belongs to the Presiding Deity Devi Sharada.


"Namaste Sharada Devi, Kashmira pura vasini,

Tvamahe Prarthye nityam Vidya daanincha dehime".


Devi Sharada is addressed as 'Kashmira Pura Vasini'. Thescript for the Kashmir was once called 'Sharada", innumerable learningcenters of Kashmir were called 'Sharada Peethas'.

The entire Kashmir was called "Sharada Desha"once!

Adi Shankaracharya visited Kashmir in the ninth century.Kashmir was then the prominent seat of Shaivism. Atop Gopaladri hill heComposed "Soundarya Lahari", expounding the union of Shiva andShakti. This hill in Srinagar is now called Shankaracharya hill.


Shankaracharya also visited Sharada temple on the Banks ofKrishna ganga river (now in PoK). He was so impressed with the beauty of thetemple on the bank of the river, he got inspired to establish a similar templein Sringeri on the Banks of Tunga river.

The sandalwood moola vigraha of Sharada in Sringeri wasbrought from Kashmir..


There is an interesting episode that occurred whileShankaracharya was traveling in Kashmir along with his disciples. A KashmiriPandit couple invited Shankaracharya to be their guest for couple of days.Shankaracharya agreed to be their guest on one condition that they preparetheir own food. The couple slightly felt offended though, agreed and gave allthe items required to prepare the food and retired for the day. They forgot toprovide fire to cook.. Shankaracharya told the disciples not to disturb them andslept without eating dinner.

Next day the couple got shocked on learning that they alldidn't eat anything.

Disciples said that there was no fire

The lady took some water and sprinkled on the firewood. Loand behold the wood caught fire instantly. This was a great revelation toShankara. He realized that there is lot to learn from ordinary people ofKashmir.


In the 11th Century Ramanujacharya visited Kashmir. Here hewrote

"Sri Bhashya" based on Brahma Sutra which wasavailable only in Kashmir. The book was shown to them only in the library andthey were not allowed to make any notes.

Every day Ramanujacharya and his disciple Kurutthalwar wouldsit and read in the library remember word by word and come back to SharadaPeeth and reproduce in a book. This went on for three months and then finally"Sri Bhashya" was completed. This became the Moola grantha ofSrivaishnavas..

Kashmir the Goddess of learning Sri Sharada appeared beforeRamanuja and blessed him by presenting an icon of Hayagreeva.

Whose Kashmir is it Anyway?

Kashmir belongs to Bhattas..Pandits and scholars.

As per Nilamata Purana, Kashmir has a recorded history ofover 5100 years. Entire population consisted of Hindus and Buddhists.

While the Islam was making forced entry elsewhere around theworld, it was kept away from the western borders of India, thanks to braveKings of Lohana dynasty. Lohanas were the great sword fighters in the army ofking Lava. The present day Lahore was Lavapuri of Ramayan.

"Those who forget history are condemned to repeatit"

✍....Wing Commander Sudarshan

Sat Mar 2, 2019 10:34 pm (PST) . Posted by:


We have not only the Maha Shivaratri once a year, we have a Shivaratrievery month dedicated to the worship of Shiva. And why is this ratri(night) so important? The night is dominated by the Moon. The Moon has 16 kalas (fractions of divine glory), and each day or rather night, during the dark fortnight, one fraction is reduced, until the entire Moon is annihilated on the New-Moon night. From then on, each night, a fraction is added, until the Moon is a full circle on the Full-Moon night. The Moon is the presiding deity of the mind; the mind waxes and wanes just like the Moon. Chandrama manaso jatha - Out of the mind of the Purusha(Supreme Being), the Moon was born. It must be remembered that the chief aim of all sadhana is to eliminate the mind and become anAmanaska. Then only can maya (illusion) be rent asunder and the reality revealed.
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