The holy abode of Lord Shiva, the Mount Kailas is considered as the origin of power and peace of the world. Situated in the Trans Himalayan range in Tibet, the 6,638m high mountain is considered auspicious in many different religions. The peak is considered as the center of the world because of the four major rivers that originate from the peak. The river Sindhu (Indus) originates and flows from the north, the river Sutlej in west, river Brahmaputra in the east and the river Karnali in the south. The literal meaning of the name Kailas is crystal and finds its origin in the Sanskrit language. The place is also known as Gangs Rin-po-che which means precious jewel of snows. With so many different names it is believed to have its four faces made out of different materials as well, which include ruby, crystal, gold and lapis lazuli. The entire scenario of the Mount Kailas amongst the six surrounding mountain peaks resembles a lotus and has a mesmerizing top view.
The power of this place allures many pilgrims as well as tourists from the entire world. Not many aim at this tedious and enthralling expedition through the chilly weathers to complete the path. On an average the summit comprises of many hardships through the way till you reach the end point of your journey. But simultaneously, the fact that you meet an eternal bliss when you get done with the long and exhaustive tour, holds ground as well. Taken as the pillar of power of the world in scientific terms, the mountain is of great significance to the followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon and Jainism. The Hindus believe that the peak is the holy abode of Lord Shiva and his family which includes his wife Parvati and son Kartikeya (Muruga). There are various pictures from ancient mythologies that narrate the stories of the incidences and episodes of the mighty lord Shiva. The Jains believe that this is the same place (Mount Astapada) where the first Tirthankara, Rishabdeva, acquired moksha or liberation. It is also hence named as Mount Meru by them. The Buddhist believe that the summit was a shelter of Lord Buddha and that it is a place of prime bliss. The Bon believe in the place being a seat of all the spiritual power that resides on the Earth. The leader of the two religions were believed to have a fight for the superiority off their own religion on the other and were found to be equally powerful. Thus, it was mutually decided that the one who escalates the mountain in minimal time will be victorious. The Bon leader (Naro Bon-chung) sat on a magical drum which took him to the tip while the Buddhist leader (Milarepa) travelled on a ray of light which took him faster and made him victorious.
The holiness and beliefs strung to this scenic mountain have made it a popular destination amongst the pilgrims as well as the nature lovers. The pilgrims believe in circumambulating the mountain on foot through which their sins are compensated and they are bestowed with a good fortune; and if done in a single day, it is all the more beneficial. The completion of the 52 km journey takes approximately 3 days and requires immense physical and mental strength. Pilgrims also have a faith that if the summit is circumambulated for 108 times, the person is ensured of enlightenment. The nature lovers, on the other hand explore the flora and fauna through the expedition towards the final destination. The peaceful surroundings and the cool mountain breeze is what hey aspire for throughout this process. The mountain is infamous for its tricky and strenuous path and needs a lot of prior preparation of the mind and body before one begins with the journey.
With an overall rating as a pilgrim site, the Kailas also has a magnificent view of the two lakes on either sides of the mountain and the snow covered peak. The Lake Manasarovar, meaning lake of enlightenment, has cool waters which are believed to show you the path of enlightenment once you take a dip inside it. On the other side, the Rakshas Tal, the lake of demons is another enchanting place. It is also said that the two lakes resemble the shape of the sun (lake Manasarovar) and the crescent moon (lake Rakshas Tal) symbolizing the presence of solar and lunar power around the mountain. The sun’s rays falling on the tip of the mountain make it a surreal view and make it too difficult to take your eyes off of it. The shadow of the ridge also forms a rough swastika which is the holy symbol of the Hindus. The pyramidal shape of the mountain, with the edges pointing towards the four major established directions, further add up to the mysterious and whimsical evidences of the supremacy of the place and the roots the myths deeper. The place has always been under debate and considered as the mysterious yet powerful place on the Earth.
All in all your expedition to this place will never go in vain. The hardships and the arduous path of travel really pays you back in the form of a tranquil soul and a terrific treat to your eyes.