A Spiritual Journey to Kailash Mansarovar
About Kailash Mansarovar:
Many pious names attached to this sacred location, but the aim is one – to find a spiritual connection with God. Kailash Mansarovar is a life changing experience and the yatra is recommended to all those who wish to feel the existence of God.
The beauty of this place is so astonishing that even the highly inclined authors find short of words to describe Kailash in its best form. Millions of people believe that it is the ultimate destination of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is one of the most admired and powerful gods for the Hindus as well as the Tibetans. Many people from the overseas countries have devoted their lives to find solace on this mountain. More than Indians, the westerners believe in Shiva.
Kailash Mansarovar is also known for Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal. Not many are aware that Kailash word is derived from a Sanskrit word that means ‘crystal’. Kailash Mansarovar journey is not a piece of cake, however, those who have faith in their souls and karma complete it with no risks. There are certain medical parameters and government regulations that pilgrims need to fulfill before planning their journey.
The yatra is commenced every year by thousands of Shiva devotees who try to go around the mountain as it is considered holy. If you are planning a trip to Kailash Mansarovar, we recommend you to go through the site and check all the required details in order to be sure that you have a safe and peaceful journey.
The sacred mountain Kailash exists on the Himalayan Ranges. Kailash Parvat is the source of four most prominent Asian rivers – The Indus, The Ganges, The Brahmaputra, and The Sutlej. If you consider the height of the mountain, it is about 21,778 feet tall. Some parts of the location falls under Tibet.
Not many people know that Kailash is considered as the navel of earth and the trek to Kailash Mansarovar is considered to be one of the most difficult journeys. Make sure you are physically fit to commence this journey. Physically fit and professional trekkers can cover the journey in one day on foot, whereas for others it may take 3 days. You may check from your friends about their previous experiences of visiting Kailash Mansarovar and make plans accordingly.
Different religions have different spiritual beliefs about Kailash Mansarovar. The place is popular among Buddhists, Jains, Hindus, and Tibetans.According to Hindu Mythology, Kailash is the residence of Lord Shiva and is also considered the symbol of OM. Hindus believe that Shiva resides here with his wife, Goddess Parvati and the mountains are his place for meditation.
Those who are fortunate to make it to the top,the view is simply aesthetic. There are two main reasons to visit this divine mountain, one is to do a parikrama of the Mount Kailash and second is to take a holy dip in the pure Mansarovar Lake. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the lake washes all your sins and bad karma.
Although, the voyage is challenging in terms of the cold weather but the spirit of devotees to commence it is commendable! Some villagers and local residents believe that the walk around Kailash can be accomplished in a single day itself, which is not a simple thing to do.
Some more spiritual and religious beliefs include:
- It could be science or miracle that four gorgeous rivers flow in four different directions such as, River Sutlej from the west, Brahmaputra from the east, Karnali from the south, and river Indus from the north.
- Visiting the lake between 3 A.M and 5 A.M is one the best time as it is believed that Gods come to bath at the same time.
- In some cultures, it is believed that Queen Maya was dipped in the lake for a bath before she conceived Siddhartha.
- According to few legends of history, Lake Mansarovar was formed by the remains of Lake Tethys – which is the source of world’s existence.
- If you do the parikrama of the mountain 108 times, you will attain Moksha or Salvation as the saints believe.
- There is a collection of small reservoirs with emerald green colored water known as Gauri Kund. It is believed that Goddess Parvati used to bath here.
There is plentiful to offer by these splendid Himalayan ranges. Since you have decided to make this sacred journey happen, try to cover everything that is popular and unique.
- Mount Kailash:
The journey is simply incomplete without making it up to the final destination, Mount Kailash. Mount Kailash is the gate to heaven. It is an eternity! Although the peak of the mountain is still unconquered due to strong religious beliefs attached, people feel blessed by just doing a parikrama of the mountain at one place itself.
- Lake Mansarovar:
It is the center of attraction for most tourists and Shiva devotees. A dip in this lake is believed to free you from all your sins and past life karma too. It is the world’s highest lake with freshwater and is located at a distance from 2000 km from Lhasa. The lake is so clean and pure that it looks like a mirror with a crystal clear view of snow-capped mountains. Do not miss to visit few monasteries close to the lake’s shore.
The mountain of Kailash has a secret entrance that leads to the kingdom of Shambala. It is located on the north of Tibet. There is a belief by Tibetans that states, “In the midst of high mountains there are unsuspected enclosed valleys. Many hot springs nourish the rich vegetation. Many rare plants and medicinal herbs are able to flourish on this unusual volcanic soil.”The reality of this place is so spiritual that many people tried to explore this kingdom and never returned.
- Popular Religious Shrines:
- Gauri Kund
Gauri is another name of Goddess Parvati. She is Lord Shiva’s wife. It is said that Gauri practiced many spiritual meditations to win over Shiva’s heart. Gauri Kund is one of the locations where she performed these rituals. It is also a place where Shiva committed to her.
- Chiu Gompa
Chiu Gompa is a popular tourist attraction in western Tibet. It is surrounded by cliffs and shores of Mansarovar. The local residents generally wear long woolen robes to comfort them from cold windy climate. Chiu Gompa is a monastery of the ancient times. You will also find Buddhist scriptures in the monastery’s library. The place is pure, pious, and holy.
Ashtapad is one of the greatest yatras for Jains. They believe in visiting this pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime. There are many stories related to Ashtapad. A few are carved out of gemstones whereas the rest are engraved on the mountain itself.
Lake Rakshastal is located in Tibet, China. It exists towards the south of Kailash Parvat. Ravana Tal is another name given to this lake. According to the Sanskrit scriptures, it means ‘Lake of the Demon’. The shape of the lake is like a crescent moon, whereas Lake Mansarovar is round like sun. Thus, Buddhist mythology relates it with darkness and brightness respectively. The lake has salty water, which makes it difficult for aquatic plants and fish to survive. The location magnetizes the travelers for its breathtaking views and mythological beliefs.
- 4 Faces of Kailash
This ixs not a separate tourist attraction but, another fact of Mount Kailash. This divine mountain has four faces depriving different meanings. If you check it on a compass, it is a point where the sky and earth meet on the compass direction. The peak of the mountain is naturally formed like a pyramid.
- Other Places to Explore Nearby:
Check out the five different monasteries on your way to Mount Kailash–Nyari Monastery, Songchu Monastery, Gyangzha Monastery, Thailong Monastery, and Drirapuk Monastery.
- 7 Nights and 8 Days Helicopter Ride:
(Rs. 1,65,000/- approx.)
The Helicopter ride is known to be a luxury ride and is affordable for those who have heavy wallets.The journey has little halts and makes the trip to Mount Kailash faster. It commences from Nepalgunj.
- 13 Nights and 14 Days Bus Ride:
(Rs. 1,29,999/- approx.)
The journey begins from Kathmandu and takes various halts to offer you a comfortable journey. On your way, you will halt at Kodari, Nylam, Dongba, Mansarovar, Darchen, Diraphuk, Zuthulpuk, Paryang, Nylam and back to Kathmandu.You will be lured by the mystic mountains, calm roads, and beautiful landscapes on the route.
- 14 Nights and 15 Days by Flight and Jeep:
(Rs. 2,25,000/- approx.)
The package includes journey via Lhasa (Tibet). At first, you will fly from Kathmandu and get down at Lhasa. The journey takes about an hour and a half to reach by air. After a halt, you will take a drive to Shigatse –Saga – Mansarovar Lake. Trek from Darchen to Dirapuk – Zhulthulphuk –New Dongba –Saga. Take the ride from Saga to Shigatse –Lhasa – Back to Kathmandu.
There are various other travel packages to refer to and compare before taking a final call. Contact us for more details on the travel packages.
Wish you a safe and divine trip to Kailash Mansarovar.