Gregory the Illuminator and Hindus in Armenia

Mar 2018
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"According to Zenob Glak, one of the first disciples of Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of Armenia, a Hindu colony was established in Armenia sometime around 149 B.C. Zenob wrote that the colony was established by two Indian princes who had taken refuge in Armenia.[1] They worshipped images of brass, twelve cubits high. Under the pagan rulers, the Hindu colony flourished until the dawn of Christianity in Armenia in 301 A.D.[2]"

"The ruins of the Saint Karapet Monastery, now in Turkey, stands at the site of the Hindu temples.[3][4]"



"Two princes from Ujjain, India had founded a large kingdom in Armenia in 165 BCE and they established 22 cities covering most of modern Armenia. "

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_the_Illuminator

Who could the two princes have been? Feudatories/relatives of the Mauryas?
 

Aupmanyav

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Zenob Glak dates from 5th Century and talks about 2nd Century BC. Of course, there may have been some Indo-Iranians (like the Mittani, Magis, etc.), who may have established kingdoms in Armenia, but they would hardly be dubbed as Hindus. It is quite possible that there were a few Buddhists. They had not separated from Hinduism at that time. I do not think Hindus ventured so far in that region.
 

Aatreya

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Zenob Glak dates from 5th Century and talks about 2nd Century BC. Of course, there may have been some Indo-Iranians (like the Mittani, Magis, etc.), who may have established kingdoms in Armenia, but they would hardly be dubbed as Hindus. It is quite possible that there were a few Buddhists. They had not separated from Hinduism at that time. I do not think Hindus ventured so far in that region.
Did the Hindus come and tell you so? Mitannis were Indians who reached that region. Hindus in that era travelled far and wide.
 

Aupmanyav

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Mittanis were Indo-Iranians. Other than that, they had no connection with India. Contact BJP, Aatreya, they are revising Indian history. They need people like you. :)
 
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Sanatana dharma !

Did the Hindus come and tell you so? Mitannis were Indians who reached that region. Hindus in that era travelled far and wide.
@Aatreya---This so called Hindu kingdom in Armenia by Armenian/Syrian bibiilical historians had been looked into by many and found no historocity what so ever----The Gods they worshiped at a "stretch of imagination" etimologically could be atributed Ganesh and Krishna ;)
In any event it was a fig of imagination with few Indian names while coverting them to Catholism from a Pagan Religion--Probably picked up the names from those soldiers returned from the wars of Alexader the Great-
I was Told !
It is the Similar Story by syriac/ Armenian of St.Thomas apostle who landed in Kerala and also Gondophares-1 Indo-Parthian connected to acts of Acts of St Thomas Etc
I agree that "Sanatana dharma" had travelled in diffent form and shape all over th globe from tiime immorial :)
 

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greatstreetwarrior

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Lithuania has a far more genuine link as a Hindu outpost in Europe rather than armenia. The Roma’s also can be added to the list. Armenia seems more like Christianised Iranics.
 
Mar 2018
82
Prathishthana
Zenob Glak dates from 5th Century and talks about 2nd Century BC. Of course, there may have been some Indo-Iranians (like the Mittani, Magis, etc.), who may have established kingdoms in Armenia, but they would hardly be dubbed as Hindus. It is quite possible that there were a few Buddhists. They had not separated from Hinduism at that time. I do not think Hindus ventured so far in that region.
Lol. IF you can believe in IE theory which claims to know about events in 6000 BC , then you can believe that some Hindu princes went to Armenia, as told by Armenians themselves. This is not a Hindu legend, but an Armenian one.

Your assertions about Buddhism "not separating yet" from Hinduism is laughable as it seems you don't have basic logic or knowledge of history at your disposal. Do you even know how Buddhism was born?

Your baseless assertions further have parallel with good ol fashioned colonialist stereotypes about "inward, passive" Hindus lol.
 
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Mar 2018
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Lithuania has a far more genuine link as a Hindu outpost in Europe rather than armenia. The Roma’s also can be added to the list. Armenia seems more like Christianised Iranics.
It is not about any Hindu "outpost" or supposed colonial activity of Indians. The article clearly says that the princes were "refugees" and may have fled dynastic strife in India. At this time the Mauryans were ruling most of India, so it is possible that these princes were rebels of some sort in the Mauryan kingdom.