Each year between July and August, when the moon is full, thousands of devotees gather before the Adobe of Shiva, commonly known as the Cave of Shri Amarnatha in Kashmir, situated at a height of 3880 metres in the Himalayas. It houses the naturally formed ice lingam, the symbol of creation, which waxes and wanes with the moon. It is here that Shiva lives with His consort Parvati, in the shape of two pigeons which are seen flying out of this sacred cave.
Sri Amarnatha Cave, by Prof. Fida Hassnain is an original research work, based on the ancient Sanskrit Mahatmya Amareshvara, a work of antiquity. Here is revealed the secret of salvation, as told by Shiva to Parvati.
The book would be of great interest to the scholars of Indology, as well as devotees of Shiva.
Sufi mystic Haji Fida Mohammad Khan Hassnain was born in the year 1924 at Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
Having graduated from the University
of Punjab, Lahore he completed his
post graduation in history and law at
the Muslim University, Aligarh, India.
He started his career as a professor of
history in SP College, Stringer, Kashmir, 1947. Later he joined the national archives of India, New Delhi and obtained diploma in archives. He was promoted by government of India as the Director of Archives, Archeology, Research and Museums in 1953 and continued as such as till his retirement in 1983. He is credited with the having salvaged hundreds of manuscripts in Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian and Urdu by preserving
this heritage in the oriental research libraries and the three archives repositories at Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Srinagar.
In 1969 he was invited by several Japanese Universities to give extension lectures on Buddhist culture and history. Since then he has visited various cities in Asia and Europe and has given lectures on history, culture and Sufism. He is a recipient of several degrees and awards from various institutions in India, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Mexico. He was granted the title of Rastra Sanskrit Samrat or the Emperor of National Culture in 1987. The Jammu and Kashmir government has bestowed upon him the prestigious lifetime achievement award on January 25, 2009.
He is the author of about two dozen books on history, culture and mysticism which have been published in India, UK, Russia, Italy, Spain and USA.
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