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Not only was Solomon in Kashmir, but there is significant history and evidence that Moses was also here. In fact, Kashmir is considered to have the burial site of Moses. There is a grave-site that has  been maintained for over 2700 years near the plains of Mowu, once called Moab, above Pishnag, once known as Pisga. This is on Mount Nebo and about 15 kilometers across from Bandipur, which was  once known as Behat-poor and Beth-peor. This is considered to be the burial place of Moses. The logic behind this is that the book of Deuteronomy (34.4-6) explains that Moses died in the land of Moab  and was buried near Beth-peor. "And the Lord said unto him, 'This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed; I have caused thee to see it  with thine own eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.' So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord."


It is also explained elsewhere in the chapter that Mount Nebo in the Abarim Mountains, Mount Pisga, and Heshbon are in the vicinity. The biblical land of Moab is now called the plains of Mowu. Biblical  Pisga is now called Pishnag. Beth-peor was later called Behat-pur near the Jhelum River, which is called the "Behat" River in Persian. Now Behat-pur is called Bandipur, and the village with the biblical  name of Heshbon {Deuteronomy 4.46) is now called Hasba or Hasbal. This area is about 80 kilometers north of Srinagar. If we travel to this area today, Bandipur (Beth-peor, meaning "the place that  opens") is near where the Jhelum (Behat) River opens into the plains of Lake Wular. Another 18 kilometers north we find the village of Hasbal, both towns mentioned in the Bible. Mount Nebo, in the  Abarim Mountain range, is across from Bandipur and above the village of Pishga. Mount Nebo offers a great view of the heavenly land of Kashmir.


Twelve kilometers north of Bandipur we come to the town of Aham-Sharif. From here we go by foot to reach the village of Booth at the base of Mount Nebo. We head west for an hour, taking a vague  path up a steady slope. Several fields away is the tiny town of Booth with Mount Nebo rising behind it. Here we'll need to get the attendant of the grave, called the "Wali Rishi," to guide us the rest of the

way. He leads us up to an open garden where there is a small mausoleum. This is the burial site of Sang Bibi, an Islamic female saint, and two of her followers. Nearby is a stone column in the grass that  stands about a meter tall which is accepted as marking the grave of Moses. Other places in Kashmir are also related to Moses. Near Shadipur north of Srinagar, the cliffs near the confluence of the  Jhelum and Sindh rivers are called Kohna-i-Musa, "the cornerstone of Moses," where Moses is said to have rested. Three kilometers north of Bandipur is another of Moses's resting spots at Ayat-i-

Maula. About 46 kilometers south of Srinagar is a place called Bijbihara. This is a spot on the river bank referred to as Moses' Bath. The stone lion there is said to be about 5000 years old. At Bijbihara's  cemetery there is an inscription in Hebrew on an old grave. Further evidence is found a few kilometers away where you can see the Temple of Martand that resembles the steps, vestibule, pillared hall,  and interior of a traditional Jewish temple, in spite of the Hindu demigods carved on the outside.