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SOLOMON IN KASHMIR
The following sections on biblical personalities in India is taken from Seeing Spiritual India (Part Four): The Major Historical and Holy Places of Northern India. This information is gathered from the author's research and personal travels in India and is further corroborated in Jesus Lived in India, by Holger Kerston, from which some additional information was found. Seeing Spiritual India (Part Four) was written for a future publication, but some of the information is so relevant to what is being discussed in this chapter about Jesus traveling in India that I have decided to include a portion of it. As we find prophecies of Jesus and descriptions of his travels in India in the Vedic literature, we also find evidence of this in other ways. Few may know that we can find evidence of Solomon's existence in India, or how Moses lived and was buried in India, too. Let me explain.
Srinagar, population 650,000, is the capital of Kashmir. Behind the Boulevard near Dal Lake is Shankaracharya Hill. It is a prominent hill which gives a great view over Dal Lake. There is a Hindu temple here, but an earlier temple was built around 200 B.C. by Ashoka's son. However, the hill used to be known as Takht-i-Sulaiman, the Throne of Solomon. The hill got its name from the small temple on it, called the Throne of Solomon. An inscription on the remnants of the old building states that the new temple was restored in 78 A.D. by King Gopadatta (or Gopananda). According to tradition, Solomon had visited the land of Kashmir. In fact, the local Moslems know Kashmir as "Bagh Suleiman," the Garden of Solomon. This would go in accord with the theory that some scholars believe that Kashmir was the "Promised Land," or the "Land of the Fathers" that the "ten lost tribes of Israel" wandered to in northern India where they found peace and tranquility. This was after they had moved eastward when they had been driven out of Israel by the Assyrians, never to be heard from again. Therefore, it indeed may have been Solomon, as tradition declares, who divided the Barehmooleh Mountain and created an outlet for the water that later formed Dal Lake. He also may have constructed the original building of the Takht-i-Suleiman on top of what is now Shankaracharya Hill.