Where the heavens meet the heart, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be experienced. Being a place of pilgrimage, it attracts Hindus and non Hindus from all around the world. Holy Mt. Kailash is a sacred mountain of much spiritual significance to followers of four of the great religions of Asia: the Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, and the Bönpo. Mt Kailash is also known to give peace of mind and has beautiful scenery with many extraordinary views. The mountain lies near Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet.
Located at 6,714 meters (22,022 ft.), Kailash is a glittering snow dome towering above the Tibetan Plateau of Himalayas like a beckoning jewel providing an extraordinary view visible from miles away. Four of the greatest rivers of South Asia, the Indus, Sutlej, Karnali and the Brahmaputra (known as the Yarlung Zangpo in Tibet), originate from around Mount Kailash.
Mount Kailash identifies as Mt. Sumeru, the Spiritual centre of the Universe in Ancient cosmography. To Buddhists, Mt. Kailash is the, “father mountain”, representing the means to enlightenment, and Lake Mansarovar as the “mother principle,” representing transcendental consciousness. Hindus consider Mt Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva with his consort Goddess Parvati, one of the three principle gods of the Hindu pantheon, whose long, matted hair forms the holy Ganges River. As a Bon centre, Kailash enjoys great popularity in the folk religion of Tibet; it is also the soul of the country and assures protection for all Tibetans.
“Conventional wisdom says a single circuit of Mt. Kailash wipes out the sins of a lifetime, 108 Parikramas guarantees enlightenment. A ritual bath in the sacred Manasarovar Lake will deliver a pilgrim to Brahma’s paradise and a drop drink of its water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes.”
The Jain religion, which arose in India around the sixth century b c, also sees Kailash as a spiritually significant peak. In the Jain religion, Kailash is called Astapada, and is known as the place where a man named Rishabha, the first Tirthankara, attained Liberation, called Moksha.
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