Kashmir, People, and the Valley

Kashmir Paradise On Earth

Kashmir, People, and the Valley

  It has always been known as “Jannat“, or heaven. The valley as Kashmir is commonly known conjures paradisiacal images. Everywhere you look, the landscape is picture postcard perfect. In the lap of such bountiful natural beauty, The Kashmir Valley has a 700-year-old tradition of Sufism. The Kashmir Valley is known as the ‘Pir Waer’, meaning the ‘Alcove of Sufis and Saints. Sufism was introduced to Kashmir almost simultaneously with the foundation of Muslim rule. Kashmiris take pride in inhabiting a cultural space between Sufi Islam and Vedic Hinduism. Both the Pandits and Muslims of Kashmir respect the Shaivite mystic Lala Ded, who symbolizes Kashmir’s syncretic culture and both Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Hindus also hold the shrine of Dastgeer Sahib in high esteem. People in Kashmir pay regular visits to the shrines of Sufi saints for peace of mind. It has also been a centuries-old tradition in Kashmir for Sufi disciples to recite special ‘Wazaif’. The Kashmir Valley, also known as the Vale of Kashmir, is a valley administered by India. The valley is bounded on the southwest by the Pir Panjal Range and on the northeast by the main Himalayan range. It is approximately 135 km long and 32 km wide and is drained by the Jhelum river. The Kashmir division borders Jammu Division to the south and Ladakh to the east while Line of Control forms its northern and the western border. The division consists of the following districts: Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Bandipore, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, and Srinagar

 

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