Origins with Nicolas Notovitch
A Russian journalist who came up with the theory that Jesus died in Srinagr in Kashmir, after having traveled to the Himalaya region.
This account is then propagated by, among others, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
. It forms one of the basic tenets of Ahmadiyya thought, contributing to the 'sacred science' that is common among cults.
In addition to numerous articles, Mirza wrote a book
, published after his death, on the topic, most of which is copied from Notovitch's writings.
There exists a tomb in Srinagr, converted into a shrine, of one 'Yuz Asaf' or Yuz the Gatherer (see notes below). This is claimed to be the tomb of Jesus by the Ahmadiyya.