Kashmir: The Land of Streams and Solitudes by P. Pirie

By P. Pirie

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Of sphere. The Kashmiris themselves have a picturesque way of THE SHIKARI talking, which shows what are of Time. Official calendars months and dates are little for them the true divisions and rigid limitations of heeded by them, and the months are counted by the flowers or fruit that come in them. " one hurries on the The boat towed upstream at an average rate of something under two miles an hour, so I am told by those who have not lost the river. is by ordinary standards even in lack of haste is one of the great habit of measuring things Kashmir.

V'-. *•*"'• $ «1 THE MAIN STREET, SRINAGAR Along the banks Sun," Srinagar, one cities and temples, of the river, from the may still " City of the trace the ruins of ancient to where, near its source, once rose the A ROAD IN SPRING PANDRINTHAN most splendid shrine of Sun. On these is the way up all — Martand, the Temple of the the river from Srinagar the first of Going by boat, one chinar-tree, and below a bank the temple of Pandrinthan. anchors just beyond a fine PANDRINTHAN (THE TEMPLE STANDING fringed with willows.

The temple itself is small, only eighteen feet and made of great blocks of limestone. The square, roof is pyramidal and seems to have been jarred by an earth- quake shock, for though still keeping the general outline, KASHMIR 32 the blocks of stone have gaps between them and are tilted out of their proper positions. The inside of the roof is said to be covered with sculpture classical in design, but as the temple stands in water at least four feet deep one must have a boat to see this. founder, Meru, the Its prime minister of King Partha, in the early part of the tenth century, dedicated it to Mahadeo but the tank ; probably had some connection with the old religion of the country, the worship of the Nagas, a survival of the gloomy earth-worship tive hill-men, the still cult near to the hearts of the primi- of the who divinities mountain and stream, the senders of storms and inhabit floods, powers against whom men in these wild regions wage so unequal a strife.

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