This blog is about Kailash Mountain, a mysterious peak, standing in the remote southwest corner of Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains. For centuries this mountain has been the centre of faith, transcendent and wonder for the entire planet. Although Kailash Mountain(also called Mount Meru by Buddhists), is relatively sacred and most revered by Indians, still I have not kept it under my series of “Reasons To Love India”, solely because it is part of Tibet (China). The reason why it became a part of China is a big controversy. Some people blame Pt. Nehru for losing this place because of his wrong policies. But if you look at the History it had never had Indian control, at least in the last 500 years, and had always fallen under Tibetian authorities, now Chinese.
Located in the Himalayan range, Kailash Mountain, universally accepted as divine, is in the centre of the world and is connected to significant monuments around the globe. It is a very high snow peak with 6638 metres (21778 feet) high from the Tibetan plateau. It is only accessible through treacherous roads and hikes. Its grandeur does not lie in its height but its distinct shape. Its sides point out towards each cardinal direction. Tibet’s Kailash Mountain is revered by four Asian countries and is certainly the world’s most sacred place for Hindus, Buddhists, Bon and Jainism too. This revered place has been mentioned in almost every Hindu Scripture and other religious book.
Kailash Mansarovar holds significant powers, like the very tip of it is the central point of cosmos’. The four faces of Mount Kailash face the four directions of the compass. When the sun sets, the Kailash Mountain is said to cast a shadow, which has a striking resemblance to the auspicious religious Hindu symbol of Swastika. You would be fascinated to know that it is yet a mystery that when snow falls on its peak, it takes the shape of OM. Satellite images show the shadow side of the Kailash Mountain like Shiva’s smiling face.
Kailash Mountain is way too perfect, perpendicular like a pyramid and symmetrical to be considered as a natural occurrence by Russian Scientists. It gives the appearance of a Man-Made Pyramid.
Another unique quality is that Kailash Mountain is the source of four rivers that give life, the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra and Karnali. These four rivers divide the world into four regions. At the foot of the peak are two pristine lakes, Mansarover and Rakshas Tal. one can witness the extraordinary creation of God. Mansarover (the highest freshwater lake in the world) holds great spiritual significance being round in shape resembling the Sun and on the other hand Rakshas Tal (saltwater lake) is said to have emerged out of Ravanas intense austerities to please Lord Shiva, takes the shape of the crescent moon. Kailash Mountain is also called Kailash Mansarovar because of this lake. Both the lakes are symbols of positive and negative energies which envelop the earth.
For ages, there had been a lot of speculation and mysteries about Kailash Mountain. Some miracles, facts, controversies had been heard and talked about and quite a few had been investigated too.
Kailash Mountain Is Unclimbable
Every year thousands of pilgrims enter Tibet for pilgrimage and to release them from sin and cure them of diseases. But they only manage to finish circumambulating the hallowed peak. Trekking all the way up to the peak of Kailash Mountain has been forbidden according to Hindu scriptures, as this can disturb the divine energies living there. No summit has been recorded as a successful attempt to date. Many mysterious deaths had been registered so far. A Tibetian monk MILAREPA is said to once venture far enough to reach its top in the 11th century. On his return back he shared his experiences of meditation in the caves of Kailash Mountain. Those who have tried to climb this Holy Kailash Mountain, have experienced rapid growth, especially of the nails and hair. The growth, which is supposed to take about two weeks in normal conditions, takes place here in a span of just 12 hours. Once a group of climbers of Siberian Origin reached ahead of a certain point and immediately aged by a few decades. Shockingly, all of the trespassers died of old age a year after. Rough weather, altitude sickness, diverging in the wrong direction, misleading trails are some of the hindrances that deterred even the toughest of trekkers.