Special Maharaja Holiday Tours
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Kailash is considered the holiest mountain on earth by a number of
faiths and religions. Through millennia, monks, yogis and pilgrims
from all over the world have braved unimaginable hardships to reach
this abode of gods. Its exceptional isolation and the peculiar contours
of black granite that give it the appearance of a Shivalinga, have
caused Kailash to be venerated as a place that is both representative
and emblematic of Shiva. For Hindus, a journey to Kailash is considered
the ultimate yatra due to both the difficulty of reaching it and the
level of sanctity attached to it.
Significance of Mt. Kailash
Traditionally, Indians have embarked on many difficult yatras
and, in the process, found that some places radiate and elemental
energy not felt elsewhere.
Physically the journey culminates in a definite destination, a tirth
sthana or a place that enables one to 'cross over'. The symbolic crossing
is from ignorance to knowledge, from mortality to immortality. The
tirtha sthana holds a special significance either because it is associated
with a religious event or it may have a special location which evokes
an experience outside the dull and gross phenomena of daily life.
It is usually a place that lifts the mind out of its limited functioning,
stretching it to grasp new meanings.
While proceeding downwards from Dolma - La (Dolma Pass), a steep
descent to Gouri Kund at 5608 m, also called the Lake of compassion
as referred to in the shiva Purana this is the setting for the legend
of Parvati and how Ganesh acquired his elephant head bathing in the
emerald waters of the kund, Parvati fashioned an image of Ganesh from
the soap suds on her body, breathed life into it and placed it at
the entrance of her home to prevent anyone entering. Lord Shiva happened
to return at this point of time and was stopped by Ganesha. Indignant
at this affront, shiva cut off the boy's head. Pravati was inconsolable
and insisted that the boy be brought back to life shiva took the head
of a wandering elephant and placed it on the body. Life was restored
and Parvati had her son back.
Manasarovar is what remains of the Lake Tethys, considered the
source of all creation. As the legend goes, Brahma created this lake
for his meditation and worship. Literally speaking it is manas + sarovar.
Manas refers to the mind of the supreme God Brahma, the lake being
its outward manifestation. The sacred Manas is at a height of 4560
m with a circumference of 110 km, which can be trekked in about three
days. It has a depth of 300 ft and covers an area of 350 sq. kms.
The Parikarma, or circumambulation, of the natural shrines forms
an important part of the journey to Kailash and Manasarovar. The Shiva
Purana says: 'There is no sin in the world which cannot be destroyed
by circumambulation. Hence one should dispel all sins by circumambulation
alone. The parikrama or circumambulation of Kailash is a three - day
trip, 53 kms long, and the most sacred for all yatris. It is performed
in a clockwise direction. Followers of Bon, The Pres - Buddhist religion
of Tibet, perform it anticlockwise. For the Buddhists, the parikrama
around Kailash is equivalent to going through a cycle of life and
rebirth into a new life.
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