Hinduism,Cosmos ,Sanatan Dharma.Ancient Hinduism science.
Kashyap – The Maker of Kashmir
First of all Kashyap, through rigorous penance, built Kashmir. According to a story in Neelmat Purana the entire area of India remained under water because of terrible inundation. With the passage of time all areas in India became worth habitation after the flood waters receded and after social systems were set up. But in the lap of Himalaya in north of India there was sprawling region which was still under water. This stagnant water assumed the shape of a big lake. After this a type of volcano eruption started taking place in
the 1ake which caused cracks to the mountain peaks situated on the lake banks allowing drainage of the water. A lovely place took shape, the result of volcano eruption. As per the ancient convention the power of fire was called “S” and that is why the land was named by the experts as “satidesh”.
After this Kashyap Rishi decided to make this area worth habitation for people. Along with labourers he started cutting
mountains and leveling the land. Everything was completed successfully but there was need for a canal which could permanently siphon out water. Kashyap sought assistance from Shiva who sent immediately teams of experts. Kashyap requested Shiva to inaugurate digging. Shiva inaugurated the digging programme by striking the earth with his trident. A river flowed from the trident hit spot and it was named “Vitasta.”
This way the river carved out its way by breaking and removing boulders. It flowed quenching thirst, irrigating and
making cultivable many areas to join the river Indus. When this area was fully levelled and banks of Vitasta (Jehlum) were completed Kashyap rishi sent a formal invitation to people in many areas of India requesting them to come and settle there. Accepting his invitation, people belonging to different castes and communities arrived. They included industrialists, farmers, workers, doctors, roads and buildings artisans. Everyone started efforts for reservation of plots. The Rishis allotted land to them as per their calibre and according to a system and rule. Those belonging to the Naag
sect of Kashyap and others developed towns and villages and within a short period beautiful houses and temples were built.
After all this work was completed, the question arose as to who should be entrusted with the task of running the
government in the state. The son of Kashyap, Neel, was unanimously declared the ruler. This way Neel is the first ruler of Kashmir. He handled the State’s administration tactfully. The panoramic beauty of the state attracted many people to this place. People belonging to different religions and communities started living here. Neel ruler welcomed everyone. Many facilities were made
available. It was peace all around and an atmosphere of delight.
When the fame of Kashmir spread far and wide, Lord Indra too came to Kashmir for a visit along with his wife Shachi. Neel ruler made fine arrangements for his stay and for his tour. One evening when Indra and his wife Shachi were busy in pleasant conversation, while walking with a cool
breeze on the lake bank, a voluptuous demon attacked Indra to kidnap Shachi.
Then Indra killed him with his weapon. Indra and Shachi left for their state.
At that time a patrol party of Neel, while patrolling, passed by that side. It saw a child beside the body of the demon. The
child was weeping beside the body of his father. The patrol party picked up the child and handed over him to Neel. Neel
brought him up as his son and made him educated. Since the child had been lifted from the water-splashed bank of the lake,
Neel named him Jalodbhav.
Neel tried fully to link him with Indian nationalism by merging him with the mainstream of Kashmir. But Jalodbhav
would shun qualities of patriotism and social service. After all he was a demon. He could not get adjusted with the soil of
Kashmir because of his demonic nature. Foreign powers encouraged his anti-national mental make-up. With his full
strength he concentrated on destroying mutual love and culture of Kashmir. Kashmiris migrated to different areas of
India out of fear of Neel and left behind their property. People belonging to Gandhar, Abhisar, Juhundur, Shak,
Khas, Tarang, Mandav, Madr, Antargiri and Bahigiri sects and areas were tyrannised by the group dancing to the tune of
this sinner and foreigners.
The dance of destruction enacted by these antinational elements resulted in the destruction of the entire region from
Madr to Kashmir. This part of Indis was bereft of Indianness because its original residents had been forced to migrate.
Neel faced this situation with all his strength but failed to control it. He tried to stop migration of the patriotic people of Kashmir but everybody thought it better to migrate to any part of India to escape death because of the dance of
destruction started by Jalodbhav. Thattime Kashyap rishi had gone on a pilgrimage. When he came to know about it and
about the antinational activities and foreign conspiracies in Kashmir, he returned immediately. After taking stock of the situation he announced that he would not be going on tour and on pilgrimage. Kashmir was to be handed over to the Army and he said “I would make arrangements for this. I shall call for an explanation from those who have destroyed the country, tyrannised people, raped women and indulged in killings”. He also announced that arrangements would be made under which migrant patriotic people could return safely and honourably.
This way Kashyap encouraged Neel to hand over Kashmir to the Army for its protection. Had there been the Congress
Government in India at that stage the Prime Minister would have told Neel “First install Jalodbhav as the Chief Minister
in Kashmir and then the talks can be initiated”. Similarly it would have handed over power to Jalodbhav, the rebel, and
directed king Neel, the nationalist, to migrate to Jammu. It would have given facilities to the anti national elements to
hatch conspiracies under the garb of Article 370 which gives to the state a special position.
But Kashyap Rishi was not a Congressite. He had not to seek votes from any specific community. That is why he, instead of adopting a policy of appeasement, decided to root out the demonic band of Jalodbhav. As per his plan Lord Shiva and Vishnu reached Kashmir with their forces.
Jalodbhav and his followers hid themselves in hideouts from where they would adopt hit and run policy against the Army.
The Army cordoned off the entire area infested with terrorists belonging to Jalodbhav. Shiva, Vishnu, Kashyap and
Vasuki commanded the troops on all the four corners. The Army action was launched from all the four sides. When
Jalodbhav emerged from a pond the rain of sharp arrows killed him and his followers who too had come out of their hideouts to flee. Not a single soul survived. On seeing Jalodbhav Vishnu beheaded him with his Cross.
The death of Jalodbhav led to the end of anti national elements in Kashmir. King Neel occupied the throne again. The Kashmir issue registered a total end. All the displaced people returned to their houses. They were given full protection and honour. All of them expressed their gratitude to Kashyap Rishi who restarted his pilgrimage.
Come and learn a lesson from this saga, written in Neelmat Purana compiled several thousand years ago, connected with the birth, development, fall and
reconstruction of Kashmir so that by bidding farewell to the politics of appeasement and vote an attempt is made to understand and solve the Kashmir problem in the interest of the nation.