Mount Kailash is believed to be the abode of lord Shiva – lord Ganesha’s father. It is believed to be home to Shiva, his wife Parvati and their children. Shiva is believed to be in a state of everlasting meditation along with his wife Parvati. This magnificent and majestic peak is a holy place not only for the Hindus. Buddhists, Jains, and Tibetan religion of Bon also treat this place with reverence.
What is so striking about Mount Kailas?
Mount Kailas stands at an imposing 21,778-feet (6638 m) height in the remote south-west corner of Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains. It is the source of some of the longest and mightiest rivers in Asia- the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, Ganges and the Indus. Mount Kailas is known as Sumeru in ancient texts, meaning the center of the world. It is one of the most remarkable spiritual spots in the world.
Being the seat of Shiva, the pinnacle of this magnificent mountain is believed to be a heavenly spectrum. Devotees treat it as the final destination of souls. According to Puranas, the four sides of Kailas are made up of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli. Its unique position at the heart of six mountain ranges personifies lotus. The region is matchlessly adorned by two turquoise-blue, immaculate high-altitude lakes – Mansarovar (one of the highest fresh water bodies in the world) and Rakshesa.
A sojourn to the majestic Mount Kailas is a spiritually enriching revelation, as told by many travellers. Pilgrims have been visiting Kailas from thousands of years. They circumambulate this ultimate pilgrimage destination in the Himalayas on foot, a distance of 52 km. This holy ritual is said to bring good fortunes and wash away sins from one’s life. Mount Kailas is also one of the least visited holy mountains because of its remote and difficult positioning.
According to all religions that revere the mountain, setting foot on its slopes is a dire sin. It is claimed that many people who ventured to defy the taboo have died in the process. It is a popular belief that the stairways on Mount Kailash lead to heaven.
Om Namah Shivaya