- A $20 million film, The Aquarius Gospel, will trace Christ's "lost years" between the ages of 14-30, on which the Bible is silent.
- It will show he spent some of that time in Kashmir, was deeply influenced by Buddhist and Hindu teachings.
- In 1887, Russian Nicolai Notovitch claimed to have seen documents describing Christ's years in India. A 1908 book by Levi Dowling claims he travelled to Persia, India and Tibet. Holger Kersten's Jesus Lived in India was a bestseller.
- Kashmir historian Fida Hassnain says he examined ancient texts which say Christ came to Kashmir after surviving the Crucifixion, died there, and is buried in Rozabal Shrine in Srinagar.
"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with
God and man."
The film borrows its name from a 1908 book by Levi Dowling, in which Jesus travels East, through Persia, India and Tibet. The producers have built a story by picking and choosing from Dowling's book and other sources, in consultation with Biblical scholars. In the course of the story, Yeshua (the Aramaic name for Jesus) survives the perils of the road, resides in a Buddhist...