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Khonmoh is a town in Srinagar district of Jammu and Kashmir. Khunamusha was one of the Principal ancient cities of Kashmir. It has been identified with present Khunamoh. [1]




In Rajatarangini

Rajatarangini[2] tells us that Lava was succeeded by his son Kusheshaya, who was a powerful prince. He bestowed the village of Kuruhara on Brahmanas. His son Khagendra, who succeeded him, was a valorous and patient king. He destroyed many of the Nagas, who were his enemies. He founded the villages of Khagikhuna and Musa.

Kasmir visit of Xuanzang in 631 AD

Alexander Cunningham[3] writes that The names of Khagipura and Khunamusha are referred by Kalhan Pandit[4] to Raja Khagendra, who, as the sixth predecessor of Asoka, must have reigned about 400 B.C. Wilson and Troyer have identified these two places with the Kakapur and Gaumoha of Muhammadan writers. The first is certain, as Kakapur still exists on the left bank of the Behat, at 10 miles to the south of the Takht-i-Suliman, and 5 miles to the south of Pampur. But the identification of Gaumoha, wherever that may be, is undoubtedly wrong, as Khunamusha is now represented by the large village of Khunamoh, which is situated under the hills at 4 miles to the north-east of Pampur.

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