Meet Professor Dr. Fida Hassnain (1924-2016),
the Roza Bal (Tomb of Jesus) expert.
As an expert archaeologist, he has conducted several excavations and unearthed vestiges
of past civilizations. He appeared as an entry in the prestigious, Who’s Who in
Archaeology. Source/Credit: Imran Jattala | August 23, 2013
Professor Dr. Fida Hassnain was the single most credentialed person who had an intimate interest in and
thorough knowledge of the theory concerning a post-crucifixion life of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Fida Hassnain was the former Director of Archives, Archaeology, Research and Museums for Kashmir, and was
once listed in Who's Who in Archaeology.
He was in-charge of ancient Kashmiri documents that contain mention of Jesus Christ in India.
Dr. Hassnain was born in Srinagar - the city that houses the tomb of Jesus - in the year 1924.
He graduated from Punjab University at age twenty. He went to Muslim University in Aligarh and obtained his
Masters Degree within two years. He took up the study of law, and received his Ll.B. law degree in the year 1946.
Due to the partition of India, he could not continue his studies. Returning to his home town, he joined the Bar and
worked as a lawyer.
Later, he became a Lecturer in S.P. College, Srinagar and rose to the position of Professor of History and Research.
He became the Director of Archives, Archaeology Research and Museums in 1954 and continued in that position
until retirement in 1983.
As an expert archaeologist, he conducted several excavations and unearthed vestiges of past civilizations.
He appeared as an entry in the prestigious, Who’s Who in Archaeology.
Hassnain was also known for his discovery that the rock carvings depicting the feet of Yuz Ausaf
appear to show the marks matching the crucifixion wound placement on the Shroud of Turin.
View selected portions of biography (from The Fifth Gospel).
Professor Hassnain graduated from Punjab University at age twenty. He went to Muslim
University in Aligarh and obtained his Masters Degree within two years. He took up the study
of law, and received his Ll.B. law degree in the year 1946, thus laying the foundation for the
sharp, “detective” mind reflected in his works.
Professor Hassnain became a Lecturer in S.P. College, Srinagar where he rose to the
position of Professor of History and Research. He became the Director of Archives,
Archaeology Research and Museums in 1954 and continued in that position until retirement
in 1983 (30 years).
In his official capacity, he compiled the State Gazetteers in ten volumes. His study tours
resulted in the salvaging of several hundred manuscripts in Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian,
which were housed in the Archives and Oriental research libraries. As an expert
archaeologist, he conducted excavations and unearthed vestiges of past civilizations.
Having been the head of Oriental Research in Kashmir for about two decades, he made a
comparative study of the major religions of the world. In 1969 he was invited to Japan to
speak on Buddhism. Since then he has visited Japan six times for lecture tours. His
scholastic achievements have won him the title of Doctor of Indology.
Professor Hassnain visited the Himalayan regions of Ladakh and Western Tibet for the first
time in 1960, then frequently revisited. It is from his studies here that he became a Sufi
mystic. His anthropological interest induced him to study the past of the Brukpa tribes, in
whom he found traces of the Greek remnants of Alexander the Great.
Professor Hassnain widely travelled in Europe and Asia. He was a member of many national
and international organizations pertaining to philosophy, mysticism, history, anthropology
Professor Hassnain was a prolific writer of numerous articles on varied subjects. Some of his
published books are: Buddhist Kashmir (1973), British Policy (1974), Ladakh Moonland
(1975), Hindu Kashmir (1977), History of Ladakh (1977), Gilgit (1978), Heritage of Kashmir
(1980), Kashmir Misgovernment (1980), The Abode of Shiva (1987), Freedom Struggle in
Kashmir (1988), The Fifth Gospel (1988); A Search for the Historical Jesus (1993), Roza Bal:
The Tomb of Jesus, co-authored with Suzanne Olsson (2008).
Professor Hassnain lectured extensively and was a visiting professor to several universities.
He was granted the title of Rastra Sanskriti Samrat, or the Emperor of National Culture in
1987. He was also an expert numismatologist (ancient coins) a field he particularly enjoyed.
Professor Hassnain has appeared as an expert in numerous television and film
documentaries about the theory of Jesus in India, including: Jeff Saltz’s 2001 documentary,
'Jesus in the Himalayas', Dr. Robert Beckford’s 2007 documentary, and
'The Hidden Story of Jesus', with guest appearances by the Dalai Lama,
Suzanne Olsson, and Elaine Pagels, produced by Yashendra Prasad and the
Film Board of India.
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