History & Culture

Maharaja Lalitaditya Muktipeda -The Alexander of Kashmir

History forgot
My great King,
Kashmiris forgot
My bravest emperor,
Books denied space to
My scholar Raja,
World forget great battles of
My powerful Samraat,
No one glorified
My missionary Maharaja,
But I will continue
to remember him as
the Alexander of Kashmir
Maharaja Diraj Lalitaditya Muktipeda.
I remember you
I pay tributes to you
I pay homage to you
On “Shaurya Divas”
Today
the Chaitra Shuklapach Dutiya.
Let Kashmiris
Wakeup
come forward
and
pay tributes
to our world famous Maharaja
Emperor Lalitaditya Muktipeda. (AB)
Kashmiris used to celebrate Chaitra Shuklapach Dutiya as Shaurya Divas (Day of fame) to remember the valour of Great King Lalitaditya Muktipeda for centuries. This day is celebrated his grand victory against Turks and Tibetians, who lost their territories to the undefeated King Lalitaditya. But due to advent of Islam in Kashmir in 681 years ago, the tradition of celebration of a great King slowly lost. Now it is time to remember and propagate the glory of the great King. On this day of his remembrance, I urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, Union Minister of HRD to take a call and ensure that he is given his prime place in the text books from schools to college and setup a chair in his name for propagation of Shaivism in Kashmir.
!!!Oceans can be the boundaries of rivers but there is no limit of Shaurya!!!(Samrat Lalitaditya)
Bring the dolaks, the flutes and the santoor.
Bring the Rabab, the Mutka and the Musicians,
So we can honor
and sing songs
abd pay homage
to our Great King
Maharaja Lalitaditya Muktipeda. (AB)
The pious land of Kashmir has been associated with Rishi’s since time immemorial. Kashmir established itself as a seat of learning & spirituality, evolving into a simple and a pure way of living for the Kashmiri Pandits. We have as such developed an accommodating & adjusting social nature, peaceful outlook and a quest for learning. However, this image of Kashmir & its aborigines has also unintentionally masked our icons of extreme valour & sacrifice.
Our younger generations perhaps are not aware of the fact that Kashmir has produced greatest of great Emperor Lalitaditya Muktapida, whose Shaurya (valour) is easily comparable to that of known heroes of Indian history.
Lalitaditya Muktapida, a Hindu ruler (reign between 724 CE-760 CE) was the most powerful king of the Karkota dynasty of Kashmir in the Indian subcontinent whose conquests resulted in a vast empire that included major parts of India (extending up to Bengal in the east, Central & South India and extending to Gujarat in the West), as well as the present day Afghanistan & Central Asia.
His conquests were acts of sheer valour and the 12th-century chronicler Kalhana characterizes him as a world conqueror, crediting him with extensive conquests in his Rajatarangini. Lalitaditya had decided to remain engaged in military conquests until his death, which signifies his valor. There is huge literature about him in Chinese language where he is called great King Muthai.
He is also credited with the commissioning of several shrines in Kashmir including the Martand Sun temple and also establishment of several towns including a new capital at Parihaspura, around 22 km from present day Srinagar.
Sanjeevani Sharda Kendra Jammu is only organisation of Kashmiri Samaj celebrating the day as Shaurya Divas of this great King for years now. (SSK)

 

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