Who is buried in Roza Bal tomb? A crucified prophet or a crucified king? ‘Light of the World ’ by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) Tate Museum
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10. Kings of Kashmir
The Rajatarangini The Rajatarangini is also known as ‘The River of Kings’ or ‘Kings of Kashmir’. It represents the records of the kings of Kashmir that were gathered by the scholar Kalhana. They were recorded in Sanskrit between 1147 and 1149 CE. In the 19th century, several translations of the Rajatarangini came to light. Notable among these are the translations by Jogesh Chunder Dutt, R.S. Pandit, and Marc Auriel Stein . Each version is rich with footnotes that are like stories within the story. Stein, an archaeologist, was a Hungarian Jew who became a British citizen. He lived in Gulmarg (Me adow of Roses) which was near to both Srinagar and the tomb of Jesus. He collected manuscripts and art objects that are now in museums around the world. Some of his collections represent important contributions to the study of Buddhism in central Asia. However, he is often condoned for his methods and lack of concern for local heritage. Stein said of Kalhana’s book that, owing to the unreliable records of past chroniclers, hardly a page of Kalhana is without error, yet hardly a page is without its truths as well.
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Kalhana read ancient poems and songs for information. He also looked at rock inscriptions, the Nila Puranas, the consecrations of temples, grants given by former kings, and other written works that were already ancient, and in fragmented condition, in his time. This led to errors and guesswork about the earliest kings.
Kalhana wrote in the prose style that was popular in his era, richly embellishing his stories . Thus, a man might have ‘dozens of wives’ and ‘hundreds of children,’ and make ‘1,000 shiva lingams’ a day. This is how Kalhana explained wealth, status, good health, and ‘signs of righteou... [continues]
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