Owing to its geographical location, Kashmir lies at the upper-most alpine region of North India. It occupies a very special place in India. From scenic splendor to great contributions for art and culture, it has a lot of tourists’ offerings. It is called the child of the mighty Himalayas as it houses its paternal grace in abundance. However, its maternal grace as India’s crown comes in all true blue reasons. To know how it is depicted as India’s crown, keep reading on.
The Prominence of Kashmir as India’s Crown
Lately, the place has acquired a wrong portrayal of being called a place of violence. Whatever does the evidence prove; the place has several reasons to call the crown of India. Hence, despite the decreasing rate of Kashmir tourism rate in recent years, it still holds a special place in every Indian’s heart. Mentioned below are the reasons why it is prominently known as the crown of India.
Captivating Tourists’ Spots
Calling it India’s crown comes in multiple eye-catching beauties; from captivating lush green pastures to scenic tourist spots. The changing hues of glistening snow at the mountain’s peak are also a delight to the eyes. Calling it a beautiful place would simply be an understatement. But the fact that depicts it as one of the best places to house too many tourists’ spots is seen in multiple ways. Tourists’ spots like Srinagar, Sonamarg, Gulmarg Kupwara, Leh, are some of the places that portray Kashmir’s beauty.
Buddhism in The Place
The influence of Buddhism in India is itself, a tremendous story. Needless to say, its influence is also very deep. According to Kashmir history, before Aryans’ advent, the valley already saw the rising and falling of Nagas, Yakshas, and Pishachas. Out of the three, Nagas were considered to be of great cultural and historical value. As per the beliefs, Sankhya Darshana’s propounder Kapil and Parmarthasar-Patanjali’s author were Nagas. In the same way, the philosopher-thinkers of Buddhist Naga Budhi and Nagarjun were Nagas too. Upon Aryans’ induction, the aborigines accepted Vedic religion and eventually Buddhism too. And honestly speaking, Buddhism has a significant role in introducing great Indian mind, religion, and culture. It is believed that the history of Buddhism in the place continued with the downfall of the Maurya Dynasty. In fact, Shaiva philosophy here is also inspired by Buddhism.
Its Contribution to India’s Cultural Aspects
Apart from Kashmir tourism, its contribution to India’s culture is itself a great subject to drag a discussion. Its contribution is as diversifying as none other places. A myth denotes that Bhagwan Ramchandra visited the place in search of Sita. Moreover, Lord Krishna arrived in Kashmir to put the throne of Yashomati. According to Indian mythology, the King of Kashmir participated in the war of Kurukshetra. Sanskrit’s grammarian, Pantni, was from this place. Talking about Indian ethos, the Tantra Schools and Shaivism are distinct contributions.
According to Kashmir history, when Rishi Kashyapa’s sons started residing here, they brought the traditions, mythology, and religion with them. These settlers named river Sindh and Jhelum’s confluence as Prayag (equal to Ganga and Jamna). They eventually referred to the tallest mountains as Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahadev. Another marvel of this place is Kheir Bhawani and its mysterious spring. It is known because of the change in the color which happens from time to time. It is located at Srinagar’s north at 14 km of distance.
The School of Painting
Another Kashmir’s beauty is the reference to the place’s ancient literature. Concerning the painting school, there is evidence about the ancient Tibetan chronicles and the painting school. However, the references to these are scattered and limited. The paintings receive an authentic baseline with the Gilgit manuscript painting’s discovery. However, the painting school of the place is an obscure topic in Indian art history’s scholarly field as it is partially unknown.
From time to time, Kashmir has undergone a lot of wars pertaining to its prominence as India’s crown. Now, this place experiences even bitterer conflicts. Nevertheless, on the map, it is still considered as the top-most part of India. Hence, calling it the crown of the country is factual in all true blue ways.