Abode of Lord Shiva and the source of the Brahmaputra, Indus, Sutlej, and Karnali rivers, Mount Kailash is the sanctum sanctorum that is referred to as the center of the world and the stairway to heaven. The supremely sacred mountain is situated in the south-western part of Tibet bordering the Kumaon region of India - the point where heaven meets earth.
According to scriptures, if someone makes a circle trek around this sacred mountain, their sin could be erased. Hindus, Jains, Tibetan Buddhists, and folks of Bon religion firmly believe in the divinity of Kailash Parvat, however, there are many mysteries that are enveloped around the peak in Kailash Ranges that is perpetually shrouded under thick silver clouds.
Like it’s said, “Universe is under no obligation to make sense to humans.” Sometimes we have to believe in the unbelievable, that is when we surrender to the supreme. Mount Kailash is one such place on earth that has been universally accepted as divine, for not one but many reasons.
Take a look at the mythical facts about Kailash Parvat that will leave you flabbergasted. Forbidden or not, read the blog to know:
Considered Sanctum Sanctorum of Hindus, Buddhists Jains, and Bon religion, Mount Kailash is revered by all. Hindus worship Kailash as an abode of Shiva. Tibetan Buddhists consider it as a representation of Buddhist cosmology on the earth. For Jains, the place holds significance as the founder of their religion, Rishabh attained spiritual awakening here. Bom’s believe that their founder landed at Kailash when he descended from heaven. No matter how different religions find their spiritual connection with Mount Kailash, the core essence is that the precious snow mountain is universally accepted as DIVINE.
According to the research of various scientists, it has been stated that Mount Kailash is the axis of rotation of the celestial sphere. Having its mention in Vedas and mythological book, Ramayana, Kailash Parvat has also been scientifically discovered as the axis Mundi. Various studies have proven facts that the quintessential divine peak is the center of the world that is connected to significant monuments around the globe. The historical landmark in England, Stonehenge is exactly 6666 km away from here. The same dimension goes with the North Pole which is also 6666 km from the Mount and the distance doubles exactly with the South Pole, which is exactly 13332 km away from the peak.
Many daring mountaineers have attempted to make their way to the peak of Kailash Parvat but no one could ever make it to the abode of Shiva. According to Hindu scriptures, meddling with the divinity of the sacred Mount is a forbidden act as this can disturb the Godhead, Shiva who resides in the mountain with his consort and Nandi. With the record of unsuccessful attempts at the summit, Mount Kailash remained unexplored to date. Rough weather, altitude sickness, diverging in the wrong direction, misleading trails are some of the hindrances that deterred even the toughest of trekkers. According to Buddhist scriptures, Milarepa - the Tibetan Buddhist monk could scale up the peak in the 11th Century. He is a sole sage whose name is etched in the history of Mount Kailash.
As mentioned in Vedas, the holy scriptures of Hindus, Mount Kailash is a stairway between heaven and earth. According to Mahabharata, the Pandavas with their sole consort Draupadi climbed Mount Kailash to attain Moksha. On their way to heaven, everyone except Yudhishthira slipped one by one while climbing up the cliff. It is believed that the door to heaven opened only for Yudhishthira. The four slopes of the pyramid-shaped Kailash Parvat face the four directions of the compass which makes it the epitome of perfection. The disciples firmly believe that it is the gateway to heaven.
Lord Shiva, the destroyer of the world resides in Kailash Parvat and the symbol of Om that is formed naturally with the deposition of snow on the granite mountain is believed as the embodiment of his presence. We live in a world of apostles and atheists. Freethinkers have their own reasons for taking it as mere coincidence but in the heart of devotees, the miraculous impression of Om has an immense symbolic value. For them, it’s God’s creation that calls only surrender and belief.
Another astounding fact of Mount Kailash is time travelling which suggests that the air in the mountain renders to the rapid aging process. This transtemporal travel claim is backed by a story of climbers from Siberia. After trespassing the forbidden line, the group of climbers experienced aging by a few decades. All these climbers died within a year's time due to the leap of age, this in itself raises curiosity and leaves us in bewilderment. Also, trekkers and pilgrims who visit Kailash Parvat say that they have noticed a rapid growth of the nails and hair while trekking and even after returning from the holy mountain. Whether people believe this or not but the gospel truth can be witnessed in the growth that happens in weeks actually happens in hours at Kailash. That’s real-time travelling, right.
Home to two holy lakes, Mansarovar and Rakshas Tal, these two pristine lakes are located at the foot of Mount Kailash. The sight to behold! One can witness the extraordinary creation of God. The highest freshwater lake in the world, Mansarovar holds deep spiritual significance owing to the holiness and shape that resembles the sun while Rakshas Tal is believed to have emerged out of Ravana’s intense austerities to please Lord Shiva is endowed with salty water and resembles the crescent moon. Both the lakes personify the light and dark, the positive and the negative energies that envelop the earth. Every year, many devotees do the pilgrimage to Mansarovar which is believed to release them from sins and cure them of diseases.
For over centuries, the pyramid-shaped Mount Kailash has captivated many scientists for research on the mystifying secrets that are wrapped around like a thick layer of snow. One theory by Russian scientists suggests that Mount Kailash is way too perfect in terms of symmetry, shape, and size that it barely appears to be carved out of the natural occurrence. The other scientists say that the Mount has striking similarities with a pyramid or cathedral of Egypt.
For centuries till date, many saints, sages, demons, researchers, pilgrims have embarked on a journey to the alluring Mount Kailash, however, no one has reached its top until now. Various pilgrimage tour operators organize treks to the region till the safety permits. Due to bone freezing cold, the region remains cold throughout the year. However, the ideal time to visit the mighty Kailash Parvat is from April to mid-June and September to mid-October as the weather during this time of year is pleasant here and there is no rain which indeed is the biggest impediment during the trek. One must visit the most revered Mount Kailash at least once in a lifetime to witness the mysteries of God’s creation.
Despite being one of the most demanding and enduring treks, pilgrims from every part of the world pay homage to Mount Kailash. The glistening snow-covered peak of Mount Kailash is among the most breathtaking sights. The best time to do a Kailash Kora tour is from April to mid-June and September to mid-October. Because the weather is good, and on rainy days.
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