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Kanishka’s Buddhist Council in Kashmir

By Prof. Dr. Token D. Sumai Part 3 According to the Buddhist traditions, Kanishka, the Kushan Emperor, held his Buddhist Council in Kashmir.  He was advised by Parsva (Parsvika) to summon all the monks for collection of sacred texts, and…

Kanishka’s Buddhist Council in Kashmir

By Prof. Dr. Tokan D. Sumai Part 2 "And a Bodhisattva lived in this country as the sole lord of the land, namely the glorious Nagarjuna, who resided at Sadarhadvana." It was he, who denominated the sakaera, now in vogue in India. Soon…

Kanishka’s Buddhist Council in Kashmir

By Prof. Dr. Tokan D. Sumai Part 1 Kashmir’s history and culture goes back to a very ancient period and this lovely land has absorbed many cultures and the present day blended cultures of Kashmir may be Buddhist, Shaivist and Islam at the…

Phiran

The traditional outfit for both males and females in Kashmir is the Phiran and poots. The phiran and poots consist of two gowns, one over the other. The traditional phiran and poots extends to the feet, which was popular up to the late…

Shahtoosh shawls

Shahtoosh or toosh shawls unrivalled for their lightness, warmth and softness are made from the hair of the wild antelope called Chiru found in the plateaus of Tibet and eastern Ladakh at an altitude of above 1470 ft. in the Himalayas.…

Tapestry of Kashmir

Art from the Valley of Kashmir has it own uniqueness and a special place in the culture of the Valley. Whatever, the art form, it always has a place in the day-to-day life of the Kashmiris. Tapestry being one of such art forms, which has…

Avantipur

The foundation of the town of Avantipura has been ascribed to Avantivarman (855-83 A.D) by Kalhana who noted : “ At the site called Visvaikasara, which procures final beatitude for those who die (there), the king founded the town of…

Wazwan: Tradition of Ages

There are so many references in Rig-Veda and the Nilamat Puraná about Kashmiri’s being meat-eaters.  Much before the references which gives credit to invader from Central Asia in Kashmir of introducing the now very famous Cuisine of Kashmir…

Carpets, an evolution

The now famous Carpet industry of Kashmir owes its origin to Persia. The historial figure responsible for this revenue generation handicraft industry of Kashmir was Sultan Zainul Abidin (1420-70). Sultan Zainul Abidin during his reign…