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Ancient Unknown Facts about Kashmir

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The valley encountered many rivers like Vishwamitra, Iravati, Parushni, Chandrabhaga, Apaga, Devika, Tausi, and Uraddha. However, it was later after the emergence of Hari Parvat that Kashmir formed after the name of ‘Rishi Kashyapa.’ Further, the Nilamat and Rajatarangini Puran states that the first king of Kashmir was Nil Naga (son of Rishi Kashyapa).

The Nagas reigned over the region of Kashmir as mount Ushiraka in Darva (Jammu) had Sadulanaga in the ruling, Wular Lake had Naga Mahapadma in the rule. Also, Pishachas came in their support, and Nagas became great political rivals of the Kurus and the Panchalas. But, due to the evil behaviour of Sadulnaga, king Nila Naga exiled him from Kashmir. 

Where did Janamjeya perform the Sarpa Satra Yajna?

Sarpa Satra Yajna seems familiar? Yes, you might have read or heard about the Yajna before, but do you know that Kashmir was the kingdom where the Yajna took place? King Takshaka killed King Parikshit near 11225 BCE. King Parikshit’s son Janamejaya decided to kill King Takshaka for his father’s death as an act of revenge. Janamejaya performed Sarpa Satra Yajna. While the Yajna went on, Rishi Astika, son of Rishi Jaratkaru and Manasa(sister of Vasuki), persuaded Janamejaya to set Takshaka free. Also, He had stopped the Yajna at the request of her mother, Manasa. 

Do you know how Kashmir formed? 

The Hari(Myna) Parbat holds significance in Vedic scriptures. As per the legend, the Jalodbhava demon resided in the Satisar lake. Due to his evil presence, the people ( Kashmir Pandits) living there went to Rishi Kashyapa for help. He started chanting mantras to penance to Goddess Parvati (wife of Shiva). Pleased by Rishi Kashyapa, Mata Parvati gifted him powers to dry the lake and made herself a bird to drop a pebble on the head of Jalodbhava. Further, the pebble kept on growing until it crushed the demon completely. Later, the thrown stone came to know as the Hari Parbat. The Sharika Temple at Hari Parbat is the dedication to the goddess Sharika(Parvati). 

Some Other Unknown Facts

  1. Kashmir took part in the Mahabharata as Kashmir was the part of the region where Kurus and Nagas lived. Also, King Naaga Takshaka killed King Parikshit (grandson of Arjuna) in Kashmir.
  2. Panini is a great grammarian of Sanskrit and belongs to old-time Kashmir. 
  3. Jagatguru Shankaracharya came to Kashmir and resided in the Shankaracharya Temple.
  4. After the demolition of Takshila and Nalanda, the centre of Sanskrit studies shifted to the Brajbihara Sanskrit University of Kashmir. 
  5. Major Sanskrit poets of all time lived here like Kalidasa, Kshirswamin, Kalhan, Bilhan and many more.
  6. Kashmiri Shaivism and Tantra School have a vital contribution to Indian ethos.

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Kashmir, a heaven on the earth, is a beautiful part of Vedic history. Earlier, it was a region under the Madra Kingdom. The Madra Kingdom has its mention in the Mahabharata as Pandu’s second wife; Madri was the princess of Madra Kingdom. Also, the kingdom in itself extended from River Sutlej to River Indus. 

The valley encountered many rivers like Vishwamitra, Iravati, Parushni, Chandrabhaga, Apaga, Devika, Tausi, and Uraddha. However, it was later after the emergence of Hari Parvat that Kashmir formed after the name of ‘Rishi Kashyapa.’ Further, the Nilamat and Rajatarangini Puran states that the first king of Kashmir was Nil Naga (son of Rishi Kashyapa).

The Nagas reigned over the region of Kashmir as mount Ushiraka in Darva (Jammu) had Sadulanaga in the ruling, Wular Lake had Naga Mahapadma in the rule. Also, Pishachas came in their support, and Nagas became great political rivals of the Kurus and the Panchalas. But, due to the evil behaviour of Sadulnaga, king Nila Naga exiled him from Kashmir. 

Where did Janamjeya perform the Sarpa Satra Yajna?

Sarpa Satra Yajna seems familiar? Yes, you might have read or heard about the Yajna before, but do you know that Kashmir was the kingdom where the Yajna took place? King Takshaka killed King Parikshit near 11225 BCE. King Parikshit’s son Janamejaya decided to kill King Takshaka for his father’s death as an act of revenge. Janamejaya performed Sarpa Satra Yajna. While the Yajna went on, Rishi Astika, son of Rishi Jaratkaru and Manasa(sister of Vasuki), persuaded Janamejaya to set Takshaka free. Also, He had stopped the Yajna at the request of her mother, Manasa. 

Do you know how Kashmir formed? 

The Hari(Myna) Parbat holds significance in Vedic scriptures. As per the legend, the Jalodbhava demon resided in the Satisar lake. Due to his evil presence, the people ( Kashmir Pandits) living there went to Rishi Kashyapa for help. He started chanting mantras to penance to Goddess Parvati (wife of Shiva). Pleased by Rishi Kashyapa, Mata Parvati gifted him powers to dry the lake and made herself a bird to drop a pebble on the head of Jalodbhava. Further, the pebble kept on growing until it crushed the demon completely. Later, the thrown stone came to know as the Hari Parbat. The Sharika Temple at Hari Parbat is the dedication to the goddess Sharika(Parvati). 

Some Other Unknown Facts

  1. Kashmir took part in the Mahabharata as Kashmir was the part of the region where Kurus and Nagas lived. Also, King Naaga Takshaka killed King Parikshit (grandson of Arjuna) in Kashmir.
  2. Panini is a great grammarian of Sanskrit and belongs to old-time Kashmir. 
  3. Jagatguru Shankaracharya came to Kashmir and resided in the Shankaracharya Temple.
  4. After the demolition of Takshila and Nalanda, the centre of Sanskrit studies shifted to the Brajbihara Sanskrit University of Kashmir. 
  5. Major Sanskrit poets of all time lived here like Kalidasa, Kshirswamin, Kalhan, Bilhan and many more.
  6. Kashmiri Shaivism and Tantra School have a vital contribution to Indian ethos.

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