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VITASTA ANNUAL NUMBER: Volume XXXV (2001-2002)

VITASTA ANNUAL NUMBER - VOL. XXXV (2001-2002)

The Publication of Kashmir Sabha, Kolkata

KASHMIR BHAWAN, KOLKATA

CK-35 (NEAR CK MARKET)
KARUNAMOYEE, SALT LAKE
KOLKATA-700 091
PHONE: 358 3932
E-mail: editor@vitasta.org

THEME

Homeland Pilgrim Centres (Asthapans) of Kashmiri Pandits 

 

Editor : (English Section) : Dr. B. K. Moza
Editor : (Hindi/Kashmiri Section) : Smt. Niva Kaul

Table of Contents

Preface - Dr. B. K. Moza
From The President's Desk - B. M. Misri
Reviews on the 34th Vitasta Annual Number, 2000-2001
Section I: PERTINENT ORIGIN
Homeland Pilgrim Centres of Kashmiri Pandits in Exile - Pertinent Origin; Gleanings From:
  • Legend
  • Tradition
  • Practice
  • Travelogues
  • Arts and Science
Swami Vivekananda in Kashmir - Swami Bodhasarananda
Kashmiri Pandit Shrines : The Centres of Pilgrimage - T. N. Dhar `Kundan'
Kashmir : The Legend and Scientific Facts - A. N. Fotidar
The Kashmir Order of the Architecture - P. N. Kachru
The Temple Legacy of Kashmir : An Account from Burried History - S. N. Pandita
Changing Capitals of Kashmir - Vijay Saqi
Ancient Temples of Kashmir - Verender Bangroo
Chinar Tree, "Bouin" of Kashmir : Symbol of Goddess Bhawani - Pran Nath Wanchoo
Social Geography of Kashmiri Pandits : The Ancient Kashmirians - Prof. K. N. Pandita
Swami Ashokanandaji Maharaj - Manmohan Dhar
Section II: A KALEIDOSCOPIC VIEW
Homeland Pilgrim Centres of Kashmiri Pandits in Exile - A Kaleidoscopic View:
  • Our Shrines in General
  • Their past & Present Perspective
Prominent Holy Places in Kashmir - Prof. Chaman Lal Sapru
Shrines That Inspire - Mohan Kishen Tiku
Home Land Pilgrim Centres of Kashmiri Pandits - P. N. Lidhoo "Sopory"
Pilgrim Centres/Asthapans : Potential Source of the Community - Prof. C. L. Sadhu
Remembering Sahastri Mukhi Lingam of Shilagram - D. K. Babu
Temples & Shrines of District Anantnag with Some Historical Facts - H. L. Jad
Reminiscences - Mohan Kishen Ogra
Section III: OUR "ISHTA DEVIS" & THE LIKE
Homeland Pilgrim Centres of Kashmiri Pandits in Exile - Our "Ishta Devis" & the like:
  • Hari Parbat
  • Kheer Bhawani
  • Khrew
  • Amarnath
  • Sharda
Hari Parbat : The Reservoir of Religio-Cultural Strength - Opinder Ambardar
Hariparbat and the Hindu Pantheon (A Parikrima Back in Time) - Dr. K. L. Chowdhury
Hari Parbat : Symbol of our Cultural Heritage - B. L. Kaul (Chaman)
Jawalaji :  Maharaj Krishen Raina
Khir Bhawani Spring - Samsar Chand Koul
Historic Construction Saga : A Prospective Revival Model - N. N. Dangroo & Justice J. N. Bhat
The Mysterious Cave of Amarnath - Samsar Chand Kaul
Tirtha of Amreshvara - M. M. Munshi
The Splendor that is Amarnath - Chander M. Bhat
Sarada Temple in Kashmir - P. N. K. Bamzai
Sarada-Mai : A Forgotten Cultural Link (Goddess Sarada) - Dr. V. N. Drabu
Sarada Legends :  Different Versions - Dr. Romesh Kumar
Section IV: SOME MEMORABLE SHRINES IN DISTRICTS
Homeland Pilgrim Centres of Kashmiri Pandits in Exile - Some Memorable Shrines In Districts:
  • A walk in Memorium
  • Lest we forget these and Consign these to processes of Natural & Human Destruction
Three Forgotten Tirthas in Shambles - Arjan Dev Majboor
The Foot Prints of Our Ancestors in Tehsil Tral - Dr. Rajiv-Gairoo Niwasi
Life, Love & Joy - Manmohan Dhar
Gudar - Prithvi Nath Bhatt
The Prominent Shrines of Kuthar and Breng Valley - Ravinder Ravi
Brari Maej of Village Murran - Chander M. Bhat
Section V: SYMBOLIC MODELS IN DIASPORA
Homeland Pilgrim Centres of Kashmiri Pandits in Exile - Symbolic Models in Diaspora:
  • Creating alternative symbols of Hope in Exile,
  • Preserving Identity of our shrines in Memorium,
  • Pouring out rhymes in Nostalgia
Bada Shivala of Rani Katra - Dr. B. N. Sharga
Creating Symbols of Hope - Hari Parbat at Faridabad
Petals from Lotus Poisy - Smt. Bimla Raina
Posha Pooza - Pt. Krishen Joo Razdan
Enchanting World of the Infant - Dr. K. L. Chowdhury
Navreh aav - Dr. Veena Dhar, New Jersey, USA
Blessed Kashmir, My Home - Ashok Manvati, Noida
ILLUSTRATIONS
Color Plates
Sharika Bhagwatti, artistic version
Mahatma Krishen Joo Razdan
Sharika & Jwala Isht-Devis, Srinagar, Kashmir
Raginya Isht-Devi, Tulla Mulla, Kashmir
Remembering temples on Vitasta, Srinagar
Remembering Shiva, Shiva & Shiva
Symbolic Models of Identity Preservation in Exile
Symbolic Models of Identity Preservation in Exile


Dedicated to :
  The Homeland Shrines of Kashmiri Pandits in exile, the Pilgrim-Centres of far and wide belief and reverence, presently in abnormal conditions, requiring maintenance a Heritage to be preserved.
  The Shrines of Kashmiri Pandits, where the great Saints, Sages and Savants experienced unique moments of trans-ascendance and exhilaration a Legacy to be preserved.
  The Shrines that are the Sanctum Sanctorum of Presiding Deities, "Ishta Devis" of globally scattered Kashmiri Pandits a Tradition to be preserved.
  The Shrines that have been the recognised Centres of Learning and Excellence and Repositories of Vedas, Upnishads, Mahayanas and Kashmiri Shaivism a Privilege to be preserved.
  The memory of Kashmiri Pandit Saint-Poet-Philosopher, Mahatma Krishen Joo Razdan, on his 75th Nirvan Jayanti, being observed the whole year 2002, by various Kashmiri Pandit Institutions.

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