Spiritual facts about Sacred Mount Kailash
Mount Kailash located in the Himalayan range far west of Tibet; it is the highest mountain in the western part of Gangdise Shan. Mount Kailash is not allowed for climbing summit. Kailash is a sacred mountain for four faiths like Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bon (Tibetan indigenous religion). Mt. Meru, known as a Mahameru, Sineru, Neru, Kelasa and today Kailash, is often mentioned in the earliest Buddhist holy book Pali Tipitaka; in Hindu holy book Mt. Kailash and the Manasarovar Lake are known as the Sumeru parbat, Meru, Sumeru, Sushumna, Hemakuta, Hemadri, Ratnasanu, Karnikachala, Amaradri, Deva Parvata, Gana Parvata, Rajatadri. According to Jains it is Ashtapada and the Tibetans call it Khang Rinpoche. Every year large number of pilgrims visits mount Kailash and Manasarowar. Pilgrims believe that circumambulating (Kailash Kora) Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. Mount Kailash or abode of Lord Shiva lies near Manasarowar (Mansarovar is the highest body of fresh water in the planet), Rakshastal lake and close to gigantic Gurla Mandata (7728m) in Tibet China. Mt. Kailash is the source of longest rivers in Asia like Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali.
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Nature lovers can encounter numerous unusual species of flora and fauna. It is said that who visits Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake; they will be released from his sins committed knowingly or unknowingly. A saying in Hindu religion is that the pilgrimage Kailash and Manasarovar are the purgatory. Mt Kailash 6741 m is a black mountain with four sheer walls and snow-capped top .The 53 km periphery is the trail for circumambulation around this holy mountain and takes 3 days. Mount Kailash / Mount Sumeru or Meru is believed to be the axis of the universe. The south face has a vertical gash across its horizontal layers, creating the appearance of a swastika an ancient symbol of good luck in this part of the world. Most pilgrims to Kailash will also take a short plunge in the nearby, highly sacred Lake Manosaravar. The word ‘manas’ means mind or consciousness; the name Manosaravar means Lake of Consciousness and Enlightenment. Adjacent to Manosaravar is Rakshas Tal, the Lake of Demons. Pilgrimage to this great sacred mountain and these two magical lakes is a life changing experience and an opportunity to view some of the most magical scenery on the entire planet.
Mount Kailash circumambulation is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists but counterclockwise by followers of the Jain and Bon religions. From the Hindu devotional point of view, Mt. Kailas is the worshipful abode of the god Shiva. For Buddhists it is the place of Chakrasamvara (Demchog). The Jains call the mountain Astapada and believe it to be the place where Rishaba, the first of the 24 Tirthankaras attained liberation. Followers of Bon religion call the mountain Tise and believe it to be the seat of the Sky Goddess Sipaimen. Additionally, Bon myths regard Tise as the sight of a legendary 12th century battle of sorcery between the Buddhist sage Milarepa and the Bon shaman Naro Bon chung. Most pilgrims and trekkers take three days to complete the journey around Mount Kailash from the city of Darchen, aiming for Drirapuk Monastery on the first night, crossing Dolma La Pass (19,000 feet) and arriving at Zutrulpuk Monastery the second night, and finally returning to Darchen on the third day. Mount Kailash circuit begins and ends in Darchen. if you need more information about mount Kailash fell free to contact us.