Mysterious Mount Kailash – The Sacred Abode of Lord Shiva
Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva’s sacred abode, is located in Tibet. In Hinduism and Buddhism, Kailash is believed to be the physical incarnation of Mount Meru. Mount Kailash is also known as the stairway to heaven. Almost 7000 people have abled to climb 8848 metre high Everest. But no one has been able to climb this 6638 metre high mysterious Kailash till today. Why? There is a number of spiritual facts or reasons behind it. Here I would like to give some of the most exciting, lesser-known information about the world’s most sacred and mysterious mountain peak—Mount Kailash.
Highly radioactive mountain
According to a mountaineer it is impossible to climb this mountain because the hair and nails grow very fast and the head does not do any work as soon as one gets close to it. It seems that someone else is controlling him. Mount Kailash is also highly radioactive. The common belief is that no living person can go there as it is the abode of Shiva. Only a person who has never done any evil in his life can reach there after death.
In 1999, a team of Russian scientists visited the foothills of Mount Kailash and came to the conclusion that it is not an ordinary mountain but a pyramid covered with ice. That is why Mount Kailash is also called “Shiva Pyramid”. This mountain in western Tibet is considered sacred not only by Hindus, but also by Jains, Buddhists, the ancient ‘Bon’ religion of Tibet.
The sacred image of Swastika
According to the Puranas, the four sides of Mount Kailash are made of crystal, ruby, gold and lapis lazuli. This information is not true. However, the illusion is created for different types of looks of Mount Kailash at different parts of a day. At the point of the sun set, the mountain is said to cast a shadow, which looks similar to the sacred image of Swastika.
The centre of the world
As per Hindu scriptures and some other holy texts, Mount Kailash is the cosmic axis, the center of the world. The Google Maps vouch for the legitimacy of this reality. Devotees believe that Mount Kailash is the stairway to heaven or an association between the earth and Heaven, between the physical world and the spiritual world.
The source of sacred rivers
This mountain is the source of four sacred rivers. The Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra,and Karnali (the tributary of the Ganges) all flow from near the base of this mountain. These rivers and the myths concerning these rivers are very important for Hindus.
Unclimble and forbidden peak
Regular change of position is another amazing fact about Mount Kailash. It is said that Mount Kailash changes its position regularly. So Kailash is an unclimble and forbidden peak to the mountaneers of the world still today.
Two mysterious lakes
The shape of the lakes in the Kailash region is mysterious. Manas Sarobar is a round water body and the shape of the Rakshastal is crescent shaped. They express the power of the sun and the moon. Surprisingly, no matter how strong the wind is, the water of Manas Sarovar is always calm but the water of Rakshasatal is always turbulent. Another interesting factor is that Manasarovar is a freshwater lake and Rakshastal is a saltwater one.
Gouri Kund or Parvati Sarobar should also be included in the list of mysterious elements of Mount Kailash. As per Hindu scripture, it is the sacred place where goddess Parvati acquired back her son Lord Ganesha. The splashing of Gouri Kund’s water is believed to purify one’s senses and also the soul.
Actually many lesser known facts about Mount Kailash could be mentioned here. But I’ve tried to inform the most amazing and exciting ones among them. These facts have made Mount Kailash the most mysterious summit of the world.
Om Namah Shivaya