Mount Kailash, a peak of the mighty Himalayan range is surrounded by Sutlej on the West, the grand Brahmaputra on the East, Indus on the North, and the largest tributary of the Ganges- Karnali on the South. According to Hindu religious faith, Mount Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati. It is believed that he resides on the summit of Mount Kailash and sits in a state of meditation, thus this peak is regarded as the ultimate destination for attaining spiritual peace and moksha.
Mount Kailash situated at an altitude of 22,028 ft above sea level in the western Tibetan plateau of the great Himalayan Mountains. According to the religious sentiments linked with this mountain, it is believed that people who successfully complete a journey around this mountain (parikrama), their sins will be washed. Here are a few interesting facts about the revered mountain.
Mystery 1: Mansarovar Lake
On the southeast of Mount Kailash is a beautiful, circular lake called Mansarovar. According to Hindu Mythology, Mansarovar Lake is an abode of purity. The word “Mansarovar” originates from Sanskrit, and is a combination of two words – manas (mind) and sarovar (lake). This lake has the legend that the lake’s image was first incepted in the mind of Brahma before creating it on earth.
Mansarovar Lake is popular for its exceptional beauty; the color of this fresh water lake changes from clear blue around the shores to emerald green at the centre. And, the lake looks magical under the moonlit sky. The devotees who are on a sojourn to Kailash Mansarovar make sure to take a holy dip and drink the holy water to attain spiritual peace.
Mystery 2: Four Faces
The four faces of Mount Kailash are created from lapis lazuli, ruby, crystal, and gold.
Mystery 3: Geographical Location
Mount Kailash is the axis of the Earth and maintains the atmosphere to keep all living beings alive. What more, its location is in synchronization with all other ancient monuments in the world and the Earth’s poles. It is located at an exact distance of 6666 kilometers from the monument of Stonehenge.
Mystery 4: Time Travels Fast
Around the holy Mount Kailash time travels quickly, which is not witnessed anywhere in the world. Pilgrims have reported quick hair and nails growth within 12 hours, which equals to two weeks under normal conditions.
Mystery 5: Twin Lakes
This pious mountain has two lakes, namely Mansarovar or the God Lake and Rakshas Tal or the Devil Lake. These lie next to each other, only divided by a thin isthmus of the mountains, as if indicating the difference between Good and Bad.
Mystery 6: Swastika
It seems the Sun God wishes to pay his homage to Lord Shiva every day. As the sun sets, the shadow falling on the rocks draws a huge swastika.
Mystery 7: Changes Position
Although people have so far not been successful in climbing the revered Mount Kailash, yet the mountain strangely changes the target location to those who want to climb it. Subsequently, numerous expeditions have failed to climb its summit, as Mount Kailash changes the tracks position in the opposite direction.
Come; visit the abode of the Gods and receive his blessings!