The Rozabal Shrine of Srinagar (2011)

The Rozabal Shrine of Srinagar - India Documentary

The Rozabal Shrine of Srinagar is an hour long documentary film that is based on the claim by Hindu religious scholars that Jesus Christ visited India to preach his religion. The film is produced by the Indian government in the favor of Jesus’ Rozabal shrine in Srinagar (RozaBal, Khanyar), and is founded on the belief that Jesus Christ preached Sanatana Dharma in India. Sanatana Dharma is actually a mix of the teachings of Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism. The documentary film starts with the bewildering places of India associated with mysticism and fanaticism; river Ganga is the prior of all. Showing the proofs from different angles, it seeks the foundations of Jesus Christ’ appearance of the stone–written piece of Tareekh–e–Azam (History of the Great), the resting stone of Buddha which is also believed to have been the prayer spot of Jesus Christ and others.

The documentary film tells that Rozabal shrine is actually associated with Yuz Asaf, a messenger of God, which is also believed to be the real name of Jesus Christ. The narrator explains the ideology with reference to the books of Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Persian religious notes. The other parts of documentary film illustrate the marvelous and unparalleled celebrations at the Rozabal shrine and the religious association of Indians and other people from all over the world with the Rozabal shrine. It also includes brief interviews of archaeologists, journalists and researchers who have visited this site including; Suzanne Olsson – an American explorer and author, Dr. Fida Hassnain – the Former Director of Archives, Archaeology, Research and Museum from Jammu and Kashmir and other world renowned scholars.

As far as the context is concerned, The Rozabal Shrine of Srinagar has been cited with a lot of criticism by the religious scholars of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Mocked to be created on a mythology, this documentary film is also associated with other claims too. Where the international community is paying a lot of attention to this claim, at the same time it is criticized to be a political tactic of gaining ethnic and religious minorities of India in their favor. However, several other documentaries have also been produced by renowned documentary production houses including the BBC. As a matter of fact, all such content is diverging the scholars’ attention from the real cause as many of the documentaries favor the claim and others just convolute it by extending this claim to other dimensions.

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