Destination & Pilgrimage : Tirth
Lake Mansarovar & Kailash Parbat
There is no
denying the fact that India is a land of many diverse religions,
cultures and traditions. In fact, India features high up on
the list of countries in the world with a rich and strong
This can be
judged by the sheer number of pilgrimage spots (Tirth
Sthaan) which are visited by millions of pilgrims
every year through the length and breadth of the country.
devout believers and sometimes non-believers too to these
age old pilgrimage sites is their thirst for spiritual enlightenment,
their desire to wash away their sins and to receive God's
It is this strong
and infallible faith in God that motivates Lord Shiva's bhakts
to visit one of the most important and significant pilgrimages
of all - the Kailash Parvat & Mansarovar Lake.
- Kailash Parvat, Tibet
Mt. Kailash or Kailash
Parvat as it is commonly called is one of the world's most sacred
religious place - a must-visit for those pilgrims who believe strongly
in Lord Shiva and desire to receive his blessings.
The Kailasha Mountain forms a part of the Mighty Himalayas
in Tibet and lies near the Mansarovar Lake. What
is most outstanding is the fact that this holy mountain carries
strong religious significance for not just Hindus but also for the
Buddhists & Jains.
Kailash Parvata (Parbat) for Hindus -
According to Hindu
mythology, the Kailash Mountain is where Lord Shiva resides. This
is the reason why strong believers of Lord Shiva hope to visit this
holy spot at least once in their lifetime in order to receive unparalleled
spiritual enlightenment and peace.
Parvat - Parikrama
Of Kailash Parvat
part of the pilgrimage to Mount Kailash is the holy ritual
of the Parikrama which means walking around the entire
Kailash Parvat, usually on foot. The path thus covered is
approx 52 km long. Trekking through this long path is difficult
and physically taxing. However, devout pilgrims complete the
parikrama withstanding all other problems such as motion sickness,
altitude problems etc.
Just as Mount
Kailash, the Mansarovar Lake (also called the Lake Manasa
Sarovar) too holds great religious significance and is frequently
visited by devotees from Tibet, India and some other neighbouring
holy Mansarovar Lake is also known as the highest fresh water body
in the world, falling south of Mt. Kailash at an approx altitude
of 14,950 ft above sea level.
of Lake Mansarovar for Hindus -
According to Hindu
Mythology, the Mansarovar Lake was created by Lord Brahma who is
also known as the God Of Creation. Pilgrims follow the ritual of
taking a holy dip in this sacred lake and drinking its water to
cleanse themselves of their sins.
The Holy Lake Mansarovar With The Sacred Kailash Parvat in view
Those who have had
the good fortune of visiting the holy spots of Lake Mansarovar and
Kailash Parvat carry with them memories of a lifetime which remind
them of the presence of Lord Shiva in their lives & gives them
a feeling of peace and tranquility. The pristine beauty and serenity
of these religious sites is truly awe inspiring and transcends in
people the feeling of being One with Shiva - the almighty who can
bring mortals out of the cycle of life and death.
Pictures courtesy -
Travel Destinations, India -
Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Ganapatipule
Travelogue Orissa -
Taratarini, Toptopani, Daringbari &
- Mangalore, Udipi, Dharmasthal, Madikeri & Mysore
Travelogue - Himachal
Dharamshala - Mcleodganj
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