Professional historians might have laughed at the notion years ago but is there growing and credible evidence that Jesus not only went there but was also buried in Kashmir, India?
By: Ringo Bones
Maybe “touristy Jesus Freaks” should blame the Israeli government’s ongoing tensions with the Palestinians for making their prime Israeli Jesus tourism sites in Jerusalem about as difficult to visit to the casual tourist as Moscow is during the early 1980s. And the ongoing conflict in Syria due to the so-called Islamic State also placed some Jesus tourism sites in Syria now out of reach of the casual tourist. Given these problems, are there other “alternative Jesus tourist sites out there”? Maybe, Jesus tourists should check out a rumored Jesus Christ tomb in Kashmir, India.
In the backstreets of downtown Srinagar is an old building known as the Rozabal shrine. It is part of the city where the Indian security forces are on regular patrol, or peering out from behind check-posts made of sandbags. The security situation has recently improved in this Indian administered part of Kashmir and thus the tourism has returned once again in what is more famously known as the Venice of the East. But recent Lonely Planet travel catalogues has listed Rozabal Shrine as the actual tomb of Jesus Christ.
Officially, Rozabal Shrine is the burial site of Youza Asaph, a medieval Muslim preacher – but a growing number of people believe that it is in fact the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. Since the 1980s, many “New Age Christians”, like the US based Christian sect known as the Church Universal and Triumphant, believe that Jesus survived the crucifixion almost 2,000 Easters ago, and went to live out his days in Kashmir. The rumor that Rozabal Shrine might have something to do with Jesus of Nazareth lends credence in Islam, in which Jesus is the penultimate prophet and a minority tradition adopted by the controversial Muslim Ahmadiyya sect, that Rozabal does contain the grave of Jesus Christ.