High in the war-torn mountains of Kashmir, a Muslim cleric watches over what he believes is the tomb of the prophet Moses. He says he has tended to the tomb since he was a boy, a tradition that dates back in his family for generations.
For Bashir Ahmad Reshi, he's never had any doubt that this is the final resting place of the man who led the Israelites out of Egypt and passed on the Ten Commandments from God.
"Around six hundred years back, history says that the great Kashmiri saint Hazrat Makhdoom visited this place along with his close disciple Baba Dawood Khaki," Reshi said.
"On reaching Bandipore, then called Bethpoer, he said, 'I find smell of the presence of some prophet nearby.' Then he climbed to this village, reached near this nallah (drain) and told Khaki, 'Yes, it has to be somewhere here.'"
Known locally as Nebu Ball, the tomb is located on a mountaintop in a sensitive border area about 34 miles (54 km) from the Kashmir capital Srinagar.
Moses is a key figure from the Old Testament who is revered among Christians, Jews and Muslims as prophet and messenger from God.
According to the Old Testament, Moses was buried in the valley of "Moab over against Beth-Poer." Those who hold that this is Moses' tomb -- reachable only by a steep path -- point out that Bandipore is the nearest town, known in ancient times as Bethpoer.
Aziz Kashmir, author of "Christ in Kashmir", claims the tomb is indeed Moses'. He says his thesis is supported by the east-west orientation of the tomb and the fact that nearby villages have never suffered from famine or natural disasters.
More controversially, author Kashmir claims Jesus is buried in a crowded neighborhood in Srinigar. At the site, known as Rozabal, there lies a sarcophagus with no name and no indication of who rests in the spot.
"Allah says, 'I gave refuge to Jesus and his mother on a high place having meadows and springs.' This is Kashmir, above sea level," the author Kashmir says.
According to Kashmiri folklore, Jesus left the Middle East for Kashmir, where he married and died at the age of 120.