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Mount Kailash stands prominently in a remote south-west corner of Tibet, an amazingly symmetrical 22,028 foot striated pyramid with a diagonal gash on one of its faces. It has been described as 'a compelling, dome-shaped peak, rising above a desolately beautiful 13,000 ft plateau of rainbow-coloured rocks'.
Mt. Kailash is also called Kang Rinpoche, or the Precious Mountain, in Tibetan. It is believed that the eleventh century poet-yogi, Milarepa was the only person to have set foot on its peak, and he accomplished the feat by flying there...
|The Bön, an aboriginal religious
sect of the Tibetan pre-Buddhist era call it Yung-drung
Gu-tzeg, or "9-storey Swastika" because on the
south face of Kailash can be seen a swastika. The 6,714
metre peak is believed to be the actual home of Lord
Shiva, and also the sacred seat of Adinath, the first of
This peak is the earthly manifestation of Mount Sumeru, or Meru as it is also known. Sumeru is believed to be the axis of the universe. The point about which the entire cosmos spins is Mount Meru.
The journey to Mt. Kailash is an important pilgrimage for millions of Buddhists and Hindus, in addition to Jains and also to Bonpos. It is believed that one circuit of the sacred Mt. Kailash(54 km/32 miles) is sufficient to wipe out all the sins of your lifetime. Wiping out the sins of all your lifetimes is a much bigger task; that major sin clean-up requires 108 revolutions. Or bathing in the icy sapphire waters of Lake Manasarovar at the mountain's base is also said to remove the sins of innumerable lifetimes.
Since Mt. Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva, for Hindu people it is also the highest blessing to take darshan of the mountain - to be in its presence; to see it and to be seen by it.
Tibetan poet and seer of the 11th century Milarepa's comment on Mt. Kailash is worth quoting: "There is no place more powerful for practice, more blessed, or more marvelous than this. May all pilgrims and practitioners be welcome!"