Introduction
  Kashmir
  Aurel Stein
  The Sanskritist
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  Kashmiri Scholarship
  Interface of Scholarship
  The Adopted Home
  Unfinished Tasks
   
 
 
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Legend & Literature
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“The righteous declare this terrestrial globe as the best of the triad of worlds (as in this one can practise penances and attain salvation)
“Of that too, the mountain (Himalaya) chosen by the Mother of the Three Worlds (Parvati) to take her birth in
“Of that too, the country of Kashmir-the abode of blessings free from all calamities.
 
 
“Through this country thou, O Vitasta, flowest, benefiting the people (and )I offer unto thee my salutation!”
- Vitasta Stotram.
 
“To call Kashmir just a piece of heaven on earth is to belittle it. It is in fact the sum total of many heavens.”
- Swami Abhedananda.
 
“The poetry and the saffron are the two beautiful creations of Sharada Desha i. e. Kashmir , which I never found elsewhere.” - Bilhana.
 
"It is a country where the sun shines mildly, being the place created by Kashayapa as if for his glory. High school- houses, the saffron, iced-water and grapes, which are rare in heaven, are common here. Kailasa is the best place in the three worlds, Himalaya the best part of Kailasa, and Kashmir the best place in Himalaya.” - Kalhana.
 
“Here the Gods live resplendent and enjoy peace, the climate is delightful. Here all the senses are gratified and enjoy peace, feats of things worth searching after together with the riches are obtainable. The inhabitants are learned. Such being the country of Kashmir , does it not excel the beauty of the heaven of Indra.” - Pandit Damodar.
 
“In truth, the kingdom surpasses in beauty all that my imagination had anticipated.” - Francis Bernier.
 
“The country with which one is most apt to compare it is, naturally, Switzerland , indeed has many charms, and a combination of lake and mountain in which, I think, it excels Kashmir. But it is built on a smaller scale. There is not the same wide sweep of snow clad mountains. There is no place where one can see a complete circle of snowy mountains surrounding a plain of anything like the length and breadth of the Kashmir valley, for the main valleys of Switzerland are like the side valleys of Kashmir. And above everything there is not behind Switzerland what there is at the back of Kashmir, and visible in glimpses a region of stupendous mountains surpassing every other in the world.

Shikaras on Dal Lake
 
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