Mt. Kailash Tour

Mt. Kailash Tour

kailash tourMt. Kailash 6,638m (21,778 ft) is a peak in the Gangdise Mountains, which are part of the Himalayas in Tibet. It is considered as a sacred place in five religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and the Bon faith. In Hinduism, it is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva, the destroyer of evil and sorrow, resides at the summit of legendary mountain named Kailash and as a place of eternal bliss, where he sits in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife Parbati. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarowar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet. There have been no recorded attempts to climb Mount Kailash; it is considered off limits to climbers in deference to Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. It is the most significant peak in the world that has not seen any known climbing attempts. According to one description in the Vishnu Purana or epic, Mt. Kailash is the center of the world; its four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli. It is the pillar of the world; is the center of the world Mandala and is located at the heart of six mountain ranges symbolizing a lotus. The four rivers Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej (a major Indus tributary) and the Karnali (a major Ganges tributary) flowing from Kailash then flow to the four quarters of the world and divide the world into four regions.

Some of the devout do accomplish this feat, little daunted by the uneven terrain, altitude sickness and harsh conditions faced in the process. Indeed, other pilgrims venture a much more demanding regimen, performing body-length prostrations over the entire length of the circumambulation: The pilgrim bends down, kneels, prostrates full-length, makes a mark with his fingers, rises to his knees, prays, and then crawls forward on hands and knees to the mark made by his/her fingers before repeating the process. It requires at least four weeks of physical endurance to perform the circumambulation while following this regimen. The mountain is located in a particularly remote and inhospitable area of the Tibetan Himalayas. A few modern amenities, such as benches, resting places and refreshment kiosks, exist to aid the pilgrims in their devotions. 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.

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