Monday, August 25, 2008

Mount Kailash -the sacred mountain

Mount Kailash -the sacred mountain

Or Kailash Parvat as it is called by Indians, is a compelling, dome-shaped peak, rising above a fantastically beautiful 13,000 ft plateau of rainbow-coloured rocks. It is holiest of all holy peaks revered by millions of Hindus, Jain and Buddhists as the abode of Lord Shiva. The peak towers to nearly 22,000 ft. Steepness of slopes does not allow much snow to accumulate.

Kailash in Sanskrit language mean CRYSTAL, and it is surprisingly much harder and denser than the other mountains of the Himalayas. In stead of the typical jagged and sharp peaks, it is has a peculiar dome shape.
Hindus consider it as abode of Lord Shiva. Jains believe that the First teacher and founder of their Dharma attained His Nirvana here, thousands of years ago.

Every Hindu and Jain aspires to a pilgrimage to this mountain, but the trek is very difficult, testing and arduous, except for a short period 1959-84.

Geographical details:
Elevation 6,638 m (21,778 ft)
Location China (Tibet)
Range Trans-Himalayas
Prominence 1,319 m
Coordinates 31°04′00″N, 81°18′45″E

Every year thousands of pilgrims make the trek, which has a tradition of thousands of years. A dip in the nearby icy cold waters of Mansrovar lake surface elevation 4556 m or 15,000 ft], an offering of worship to Lord Shiva are parts of this pilgrimage. After that follows the 52 km circumanbulation of the Mouton. Ideally it should be completed one day, but few can do it because of  uneven terrain, altitude sickness [route rising upto 17,000 ft]  and harsh conditions faced in the process. Normal time is about 3 days. Even if the Chinese build a road, few pilgrim will do it by vehicles, preferring to walk. The holy Parvat is part of a national park, so the road is not likely to be built.

The Kailash has never been climbed, and is unlikely to be climbed. It is considered so holy that the Chinese government does not permit climbing.

1 comment:

Maire said...

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