Kailash Tour - The abode of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati
Kailash is claimed to be the apex of the Hindu
religious axis, is also one
of the highest mountains in Tibet at 22,022 feet. Lord Shiva resides over
here among the peaceful Himalayas. A mythological story says that Lord Shiva
once built a house for himself but gave it away to a devotee who asked for
it. Thus without changing his residence he settled in the Kailash mountain of
Kailash. This is his abode where he stays with his whole family including
his wife Goddess Parvati and children Lord Ganesha
and Lord Kartikiya and
the other Shiv Ganas (group of Shiva Devotees) like Nandi and others.
According to ancient religious texts, the abode of Lord Vishnu is called
Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Bhrama is called Bhramaloka and the abode of
Lord Shiva is called Kailash. Of the three, one can only go bodily and
return in this life from Kailash having experienced divinity. The Hindus,
Bons and Jains all alike travel to this place as pilgrims. A journey to
Kailash is considered as once in a lifetime achievement.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Divinity is initiated in "Kailash Manasarovar Yatra" with arrival
in Katmandu - the capital city of Nepal, where deities mingle with the
mankind. A visit to the most dominant temple 'Pashupatinath' with many
others equally significant temples are of great merit. This primordial
temple enshrines faith of millions of Hindus throughout the world as Lord
sacred residence. A spiritual atmosphere is maintained throughout
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2012
April 2012: 30
May 2012: 12, 30
June 2012: 10, 21,28
July 2012: 03, 19, 27
August 2012 : 7, 16
September 2012: 02
Legends, Myths & Beliefs
It is because of Kailash yatra - Mansarovar, which is 865-kms from Delhi, that
Kumaon is sometimes called "Manaskhand". Many myths are associated
with this unusual mountain and lake. The Buddhists, the Jains and the Bonpas
of Tibet too, all revere this spot with great fervour and devotion.
Therefore, it is not surprising for a devotee to come across the worlds "Om
Mani Padme Hum" ("Hail to the jewel (of Creation) in the Lotus)
written on stones and taken from Buddhist scriptures. The Bonpas make an
anti-clockwise pilgrimage around Mount Kailash whereas the believers of the
jain faith specially visit astpaad near the southern face of Kailash in the
Kailash --mansarovar region.
Kailash Mansarovar Travel
Among the thousands of deities of Hinduism, Lord Shiva is the most beloved
and the most sort after lord. Lord Shiva finds a great place in the heart of
all devotees be it the Human beings, the Devataas or the Rakshasaas. He is
even called Bhola Baba because of his uniqueness of being simple and he
grants whatever the devotee asks for. This is the reason why he is having a
large following in all the 3 worlds of Akash, Bhumi, & Patal. Bhola Baba
filled with Vairagya (dispassion) is a joy of all spiritual seekers.
A briefing with experts on the second day, will prepare you for the
ultimate journey to the most sacred of all pilgrimages
, the Kailash -
Manasarovar. Rest of the evening is for the preparation and inspection of
the equipments that are needed for the journey. The next day is the
departure from the hotel, you cross the Nepal- border and arrive in the
Tibetan town called "Nyalam" (3750m). Yatries overcome their
exhaustion from 7 hrs drive and abrupt altitude gain with the hospitality of
our experienced staffs - which will take care of your needs. Next day will
be pretty normal - no movement, so that you can rest and acclimatize with
the altitude and extreme weather conditions. For emergency, our crew will
carry oxygen, PAC (Portable Altitude Chamber) and other alternative as a
measure to ensure your safety.
After attending at the altitude, you will start to feel better and enjoy
more of journey towards the Holy Kailash. The day from Paryang makes
everyone impatient, as this is a long awaited day of first 'Darshan' of
Sacred Kailash and Manasarovar. Next two days are for Parikrama of
Manasarovar. Then you are ready for the Kailash Parikarama. Yaks and helpers
could be provided for the Parikrama. The yatris face glow with happiness
that they have now covered the journey they only dreamt about. You can carry
back sacred memories in form of stones, pebbles and water from the
Manasarovar lake to your less fortune friends and relatives.
Significence of the Yatra
For Hindus, Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, the
spiritual centre of the universe around which all else revolves. With its
roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens, where on top
live Lord Shiva and Parvati.
Jains call the mountain Astapada and believe it to be the site where
Rishaba, their first Tirthankara (spiritual leader) achieved enlightenment.
For Tibetans, Mt. Kailash is known as Kang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow)
and is seen as the navel of the world and the abode of Chakrasamvara.
Followers of the older, more ancient religion of Bon believe the mountain is
the where their founder Shenrab is said to have descended from heaven.