Kashmiri Literature

The earliest use of the Kashmiri language is found in Mahānaya-Prakāsha. It continued and nurtured most in the form of Kashmiri Shaivism & Sufism.

The famous poets from Kashmir in this period were women, like:

  • Lal ded (14th century) wrote mystical lakhs/verses about Shiva.

  • Hubba Khātun (16th century), and Arani-mal (18th century) are famous for their hauntingly beautiful love lyrics.

  • Nund Rishi & Rupa Bhawani's poetry and spiritual philosophies have greatly influenced Kashmir.

  • Zinda Kaul continued the traditions of Sivaite lyricism.