Khanyar Rozabal - The Tomb of Jesus in Kashmir?
Summer 2005, Page 2


I am the photographer of all these photos. I have seen several of these photos on web sites without credits, links, or permission. If you would like to use any of my photos for your web site or any other reason, please contact me first.  Thank you for your kindness and respect.    -Ken

In 2005, I returned to Kashmir to visit my friend.  He took me to Khanyar Rozabal (Kan Yar Rosa Bal or Rauza Bal), the tomb of Yuz Asaf.

We found that foreigners are no longer allowed inside here, and photography and videography are prohibited.  My friend asked why. The local merchants said that a Western woman showed up here, saying she was a journalist. She later returned with scientists, saying that she wanted to take DNA samples.  She was told not to desecrate the grave and to leave immediately. From this point on, foreigners were not allowed inside.

NOTE:  When I wrote what happened above, I did not know that they were speaking of author Suzanne Olsson.  She wrote to me to explain what happened:

Ken, I spent a year in Kashmir carefully and respectfully meeting with everyone from the local chowkidars to the Chief Minister himself. We were all supporting the DNA project, and it was a local professor from Kashmir University who was heading the project. I was the facilitator, who ran around organizing everyone and spreading the rupees around. There was no deceit of any kind. I had the full support of the Board of Directors who were then running the tomb. I also had full support of the entire Kashmir populace. We were working together with the Shaheen family and we all agreed that the DNA would be used to determine who was related to Yuz Asaf. However, due to the misunderstandings of one individual, the entire project had to be shelved.  Due to this person's efforts, false rumors have been circulated. However, at no time did I ever misrepresent the project to anyone.

Now I am planning to return to the region in September and organize the project on an even bigger scale,,,,that is to have access to 7 graves and their DNA. The project will span 3 countries and take one to two years to complete. I have no money for this. I have mortgaged my own home to make this happen for the world.    -Suzanne Olsson, 29 April 2009

Below, as the tomb appeared in 1997.

I was despondent that I could not enter.  However, my friend told the merchant that I was like his brother, a member of the family, and that I was not a journalist and was very respectful.  The local merchants agreed that I could go inside, pray, and even take photos.

Inside, a woman in a black chador was praying silently.  I was surprised that there was a sturdy metal door blocking me from entering beyond the anteroom. I sat quietly away from her until she left, and then tried to position the lens of my camera carefully through the metal grates of the door so it would wouldn't be blocked to take this photo.

I remember feeling lucky.  Really blessed and lucky.  But also wary that any moment, people might be upset.  My friend stood outside, and if I looked outside, he'd smile, indicating that all was fine.  Still, I left after about ten minutes.

This photo appears in the book The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster, the Tomb of Jesus web site, and the June/July 2007 issue of Four Corners Magazine.

A woman passing Khanyar Rozabal (Khanyar Rosa Bal) on the street.  Many stop for short prayers before continuing.  A mosque stands across the street from Khanyar Rozabal, the calls to prayer echoing inside the tomb.

This photo will also appear in the same issue of Four Corners Magazine.




The window as it appeared in 1997.

The tomb of Yuz Asaf (Youza Asouph or Yus Asaf).  Is Yuz Asaf, like Yeshu, Issa, Hazrat Issa, and others, simply another name for Jesus?  In Parthia (now present-day Iraq and Iran), Jesus was evidently known by the name Yuz Asaf, according to Kersten's book.  It also states that in the Farhang-i-Asafia, an ancient work of Persia, Jesus (Hazrat Issa) healed some lepers, who were thereafter called Asaf - "the purified".  Yuz means 'leader', so Yuz Asaf can be taken to mean 'leader of the healed'.

Below, as it appeared in 1997.

The entrance as it appeared in 2005, and below, as it appeared in 1997.  I noticed right away that the trees and vine were missing, as I had really liked them there the first time I visited.


the entrance to Khanyar Rozabal in 1997

The next six photos have never been shown in public before 1 June 2007.  They are brand-new scans from my personal photo album.

The eaves and decorations of the tomb of Yuz Asaf (Yus Asaf or Youza Asouph) as seen from the street.

Another of the six photos of Khanyar Rozabal that have never been seen before. 

This is another view of the entrance.


Another view of the front of Khanyar Rozabal, along with the new (to me) sign prominently stating that photography and videography is prohibited.  After my friend asked, however, I was allowed to go inside, pray, and even take photos.

Khanyar Rozabal in 1997

The front of the building in another one of the photos that has never been seen before 1 June 2007



the tomb in 1997

The back side of Khanyar Rozabal (the entrance is on the opposite side, off the street).



Khanyar Rozabal in 1997

The entrance to Khanyar Rozabal, and the mosque across the street.  The last time I was here in 1997, when I was inside the building, I remember the call to prayer echoing through the front window.

This is the last of the six photos that have never been seen before.


The Summer 2005 photos on this page were re-scanned April 2012.


Interesting links to alternate histories of Jesus:
Was Jesus A Buddhist?

The Jesus Thangka: Did Jesus travel to the Himalayas?
Tomb of Jesus Complete web site of the tomb in Kashmir (uses many of my photos)
Yuz Asaf-Wikipedia

Roza Bal-Wikipedia
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who believe Jesus died in Kashmir
Jesus in India: treatise by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Ahmadiyya Movement
Survival of the Crucifixion: Traditions of Jesus within Islam, Buddhism,
Hinduism and Paganism:  James W. Deardorff

Tomb of Moses by the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement
The Christ of India Atma Jotyi Ashram

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alternate spellings for Khanyar Rozabal and Yuz Asaf:  Kan Yar Rosa Bal, Rauza Bal; Youza Asouph, Yuz Assaf, Yus Asaf, युझ असफ, یوذسف), Judasaf, Yus Asaph, or Shahzada Nabi Hazrat Yura Asaf

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