Worldly prominent as the ‘Spirituality packed hub’ of Tibet, the Mount Kailash is the most popular divine centre with its fame crossing all the limits of religions and the boundaries. This heavenly abode to Lord Shiva is also considered as the ‘Greatest Mystical Library’ as the mystery of it being the unclimbed peak till now still remains unsolved. Mount Kailash has proved to be a true epitome of sacredness and is situated in the middle of six majestic mountains with the formation resembling a lotus. Being witnessed as the holiest place for the Hindus, this venerated lake shows different colours as the time passes by. It is black in colour from some sides while blue from the others. The delightful charm and the exotic sceneries of this pilgrimage centre are quite enough to leave the visitors awestruck while being on their journey to this place.
Gauri Kund, Tirthapuri, Lake Rakshas Taal, Charan Sparsh, Nandi parvat, Ashtapad
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Being one of the main peaks of the grandiose mountains, Mount Kailash in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China is revered as the most holy mountain with a rich Asian history. This gigantic mountain is covered with perpetual snow and ice. Located near the divine Lakes of Manasarovar and Rakshastal, this mountain is close to the source of four grand rivers – Shiquan River/Indus River, Maquan River/Brahmaputra, Xiangquan River/Sutlej and Kongqu river/Ganges.
For the Hindus, this mountain peak is Lord Shiva’s symbolic “Lingam”. According to Bon religion, this sacred mountain is the place where the founder of this religion landed after descending from the sky. Tibetan Buddhists believe that Mount Kailash or Kang Rinpoche(in Tibetan language) represents the Buddhist cosmology on the earth. For Jains, this is the place where their religion’s founder was spiritually awakened. This mountain is also considered as the “Center of the World”. The pilgrims from around the world come here to circle the mountain which is a way of acquiring salvation and removal of all sins. But climbing the Mt. Kailash is an act of blasphemy. So this is not encouraged in any of the religions.
While circling the Mount Kailash or as they are called Koras, pilgrims come across five monasteries which are Nyari Monastery, Drirapuk Monastery, Songchu Monastery, Gyangzha Monastery and Thailong Monastery. Nyari is at first on the Kailash Kora and the last two are on the inner Kora. Each of these monasteries have unique legendary stories and are decorated by different types of Tibetan artefacts. The Mount Kailash along with Lake Manasarovar is a delight for all the pilgrims. This zone is said to be the heart of spiritual and pious Asia. The major event that takes place here is the Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra. It consists of circling of Mount Kailash (Parikrama) and taking a dip in Lake Manasarovar. Some of the nearby attractions for the pilgrims are Tirthapuri (spring pools to take bath after Yatra), Gauri Kund (Lake of Compassion), Yam Dwar (starting point of the Yatra), Asthapad( base of Mount Kailash) and Tarboche (flagpole representing Tibetan spirituality).
Mount Kailash is regarded as the Axis Mundi or world pillar. It is believed that at this point the heaven meets the earth. Highly regarded by many religions for spiritual significance this pictorial landscape represents the vast beauty of the mountain and satisfies the thirst quenching adventure of a pilgrim/traveler.
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