By. Dr. Ashraf Kashmiri
1) Among 13 Greek kings who ruled Kashmir or part of Kashmir -History of Menender is quite intriguing – Because he accepted Kashmiri Mahayana Buddhism and became its patron.
2)Menendra was born in Sialkot in a Greek family. He was described by Strabo as one of the most powerful Greek kings of the period, even greater than Alexander the Great.
3) In one of the coin cabins of Kashmir museum which were discovered in Kashmir , many silver coins of Greek and Scythian kings were displayed according to their era of rule .
1. Philip of Macedon
2. Alexander the Great
3. Alexander II of Macedon
5. Euthy demons
4) Nāgasena was a kashmiri Buddhist sage born in Kashmir and lived around 150 BCE.Nagasena was the native of present day Nagsina, a block just 15 kms from Kishtwar Town of Kashmir.
Nagasena was the native of present day Nagsina, a block just 15 kms from Kishtwar town of Kashmir.
6) Nagasena Kashmir student of dharmaraksikta
7)According to ,The Mahavamsa “Great Chronicle ,XII”, Dhammarakkhita was Greek who converted to Buddhism and stayed in Kashmir”.
As mentioned a localilite kashmiri Aboriginal Nagasene became his student and accepted Buddhism .
8) Debate between Menander & Kashmiris :
Kashmiris were represented by Nagasena conversation that took place between the Nagasena and King Milinda in the form of questions and answers is still available with us in the form of Milind-Pañha or Milindo-Pañho , a Pali ( Kishtiwari- kashmiri script ) treatise which means “Questions of (King) Milinda”.
9) Menender accepted kashmiri Mahayana Buddhism :He embraced the Buddhist faith, as described in the Milinda Panha. Nagasena, wrote it originally in Pali language which is a derivative of Sanskrit and has close affinity with Kishtwari sister-language of Kashmiri spoken predominantly in the district of Kishtwar of Kashmir state.
10) Drachms coins in Kashmir : To facilitate trade and commerce Menander issued a large number of coins. These coins were struck in the well-established Indo-Greek fashion with elaborate details. His silver coins were known as Drachms.These coins were found in Kashmir and are a rich source of Kashmiri socio-economic as well as political history.
Drachms coins in Kashmir : To facilitate trade and commerce Menander issued a large number of coins. These coins were struck in the well-established Indo-Greek fashion with elaborate details. His silver coins were known as Drachms.These coins were found in Kashmir and are a rich source of kashmiri socio-economic as well as political history
Dr. Ashraf Kashmiri can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org