Mount Kailash is one of the most beautiful, sacred, and snowcapped mountain in the world. People from all around the world come to Mount Kailash not only to witness the amazing beauty but also due to sacred and spiritual beliefs.
According to the Hindu Mythology, the spiritual Mount Kailash is enthroned by Lord Shiva. Apart from Hinduism, three major religions believe in the spirituality and sacredness of Mount Kailash; Jainism, Buddhism, and Bon. Every religion has their own set of beliefs, Hinduism believes that Mount Kailash is the mountain in which Lord Shiva sits with his wife Parvati in his signature meditating pose. Jainism believes that this is the mountain where the Rishabha one among the 24 Tirthankaras attained liberation and call the mountain ‘Astapada’. Followers of Bon believe the mountain to be the place of goddess Sipaimen and call it ‘Tise’. Buddhists call the mountain ‘Gang Rinpoche’.
It is believed that whoever circumambulates around the Mount Kailash is believed to be forgiven from all the sins of the present lifetime, and whoever does a 108 circumambulation is forgiven the sins of the present, past and future, and attains “nirvana”.
Another mysterious thing about the mountain is that no one has ever been able to climb its length. Its height is not that tall compared to the height of other mountains such as Mount Everest, but still, every attempt to climb the mountain is said to be futile. Many who have said to climb have either faced death or have disappeared, that’s why climbing the mountain is banned now.
According to the Hindu mythology, it is also believed that Mount Kailash provide the stairway to the heaven, many also believe that it is also the link between the heaven and earth. Others also believe that climbing the mountain may hinder with the spiritual meditation of Lord Shiva; hence according to Hindu mythology, no should attempt climbing the mountain.
Mount Kailash is said to be in the shape of the pyramids, according to the research of a Russian it is said that Mount Kailash stands at the center of a group of pyramids, the mountain is said to have four distinct sides depicting the exact cardinal directions similar to that of an original pyramid, indicating to the fact that it is an ancient human-built pyramid.
Around the mountain, there are 5 temples. Mount Kailash is also said to be surrounded by rivers namely Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali.
Lake Mansarovar And Lake Rakshatal
Other 2 things that add to the strangeness are the two lakes at the foothills of Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar, and Lake Rakshatal. Both the lake is said to symbolize different things. Mansarovar Lake stands for wisdom and light and hence is in the shape of a sun and Lake Rakshatal stands for evil and demon. According to the Hindu mythology, Raavan has said to act penance in the very lake of Rakshatal as he was a great follower of Lord Shiva. This lake is in the shape of a crescent moon. Lake Mansarovar is the ground of living organisms whereas in Rakshatal there’s is no presence of any living organisms. Normally in any weather conditions, the lake Mansarovar remains calm and serene whereas Rakshatal is said to be stormy all through the year.
One of the most interesting facts is that Mount Kailash is said to be in the Axis Mundi, which means that Mount Kailash is in the center of the world. Many said that it is the cosmic axis and whoever reaches this particular spot can attain cosmic and supernatural powers. This is also called as the Meru religion spot.
Climate and Absurd Aging Process
Being a mountainous region, it is bound to be a cold region, during summers the temperatures stay around 15 degrees Celsius. Summers are the best time to visit this mountain of absurdities and strangeness. At this time, one can easily trek, visit the nearby attraction, take the dip in the Holy River. One of the other mysteries around the mountain is that the aging process is very fast, the growth of nails and hair equals to that grown in two weeks.
No matter you are from any other religion, apart from the basic four one can always go to enjoy the adventurous trip to Mount Kailash and enjoy its serene, evergreen, and beautiful environment covering mountains lakes, rivers. One can also visit the nearby attractions, can have ‘darshans’ in nearby temples, and also visit the monasteries, take a dip in holy water, do trekking and if you have enough guts you can always try to climb the mountain. But beware!
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