Ancient World

Jesus Christ in India

Did Jesus spend 16 years of his youth in India? Did he survive crucifixion to live the rest of his life here?

Main stream scholars do not agree that Jesus spent time in india – neither during his early years, nor after crucifixion. Yet, many believe that he did. nicolas notovitch, a Russian war correspondent, claimed in The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ that he found records in a Tibetan monastery that issa, as Jesus was called, had been in india.

“The name issa is very much respected among the Buddhists,” he quotes the chief lama of the Himis monastery.

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The Lost Years

Jesus’ familiarity with india goes back to the time when he was a baby. When King Herod ordered every child under the age of two years to be killed, Joseph escaped to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. it was here, says Holger Kersten in Jesus Lived in India, that Jesus could have come in touch with the Buddhists who had their viharas in alexandria.

aras in alexandria. When Jesus was 13 years old, he was to be married off as was the custom. This wasn’t part of Jesus’ plans. Travelling with a caravan of merchants, he left Jerusalem towards Sindh. He travelled through Rajputana to the holy cities of Jagannath and Benaras where he learnt the vedic scriptures from the priests.

Living with people of all castes, he taught them the holy scriptures and said, “God has made no difference between his children, who are all alike dear to him.”

This wasn’t acceptable to the upper castes. When they planned to kill him, issa is warned and he left during the night, going north to the Himalayas and settled in Gautamides, where Gautama came to the world, according to notovitch. Here, he learnt Pali and studied the sacred scrolls of the Buddhist Sutras for six years. Leaving india when he was 26, he reached israel when he was 29.

Swoon Hypothesis

Many hold the theory that Jesus Christ did not die on the cross, but that he simply swooned, feigning death and escaped later. according to a second theory, his disciples, hearing him groan in the tomb, rescued him. Yet another theory says that Jesus fell into a temporary coma and revived without help in the tomb, which his disciples believed was the resurrection.

Whichever theory we choose to believe, the question arises, where did Jesus Christ go after his revival?

it is believed that Christ travelled to Turkey, Persia, Western Europe and possibly to England too, before he arrived near Kashmir with his mother Mary, according to Kersten. Here, he was known alternately as Yuz asaf and as issa.

Locations like the meadow, Yuz Marg (Meadow of Yuz asaf), 40 kilometres south of Srinagar, between the villages of naugam and nilmge indicate his presence.

The sacred building aish Mugam lies 60 kilometres south-east of Srinagar and 12 kms from Brij Bahara. aish is derived from issa and Mugam is a place of rest. Within the aish Mugam is the sacred relic – the Moses Rod or the Jesus Rod. according to legend, it belongs to Moses himself. Christ is said to have held it.

near the small town of Mari (Murree), now in Pakistan, is an old tomb called Mai Mari da Asthan (Final resting place of Mary) and is venerated as that of issa’s mother.

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Throne of Solomon

The Takhat-i-Suleiman or, the Throne of Solomon is a temple atop what is now, the Shankaracharya Hill near Dal Lake in Srinagar. King Gopadatta had it restored about the same time of Christ’s arrival.

The Persian architect who restored the temple left behind four inscriptions on the monument which read, “The mason of this pillar is the suppliant Bahishti Zargar, year fifty and four. Khwahaja, son of Murjan, erected this pillar. At this time, Yuz Asaf proclaimed his prophet hood, year fifty and four. He is Jesus, Prophet of the Children of Israel.”

The year fifty and four is believed to correspond to 78 AD.

Source: Jesus Lived in India, by Holger Kersten

King Shalivahana and Issa

King Shalivahana of the Sakyas was in the Himalayas when he saw a man of fair skin, dressed in white, sitting on a rock. The King asked him who he was.

“I am called a Son of God, born of a virgin,” the man replied. “I am the promoter of the religion of Mlecchas* and hold fast to the principles of absolute truth. When the principles of virtue were downgraded and the Mlecchas were becoming barbarians, I took upon myself the responsibility of turning to be a masiha and assumed prophet hood.”

“What are the principles?” asked the king

“O king, Beings are subject to good and bad feelings. Hence, the body and the heart must be purified; then the deity whom you have in mind be meditated upon. Truth has to be uttered and practised, justice needs to be observed, the mind needs to be trained to concentrate and targeted on the Eternal Soul. And the blissful image of Isa, the giver of happiness, will remain forever in the heart. And I was called Isa Masih.”

This was a reference to Isa and King Shalivahana (ruled between 78-102 CE) in the Bhavishya Purana which is said to be written by Rishi Vyasa.

* Mleccha means non-vedic or non-aryan.

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Rozabal – Tomb of Christ

in Srinagar’s old town is a building called Rozabal, an abbreviation of Rauza Bal (Tomb of a Prophet). The inscription at the entrance explains that Yuz asaf is buried here along with another Muslim saint. although the gravestones are oriented in the north-south direction followed by Muslims, a small opening in the burial chamber reveals that the sarcophagus of Yuz asaf rests in the Jewish East-West direction.

Yuz asaf’s carved footprints show what look like scars, their position consistent with the left foot being nailed over the right as was done during Christ’s crucifixion. ancient records acknowledge the tomb is as old as 112 aD.

according to Kersten, Christ may have travelled to the South of india too, returning to Kashmir to die at around 80 years of age.