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About Mount Kailash

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By Smitakshi Guha

Mount Kailash is the ultimate peak of the Kailash Range that forms an integral part of the Transhimalaya in Tibet. Such strikingly unusual is its origin that it actually lies at the source point of some of the most popular and longest rivers in the entirety of Asia. These include the Sutlej River, the Indus River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River. From geographical angles, the mountain is also surrounded by Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal.

From religious point of view, Mount Kailash holds multi-religious significance, as it holds prominence in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, as well as Bon.

In Hinduism, Mount Kailash holds significance for the belief that Lord Shiva resides in the mountain peak, all his focus directed to a rigorous meditation, and beside him sits his wife, popular Hindu deity Goddess Parvati.

When it comes to Jainism, the mountain peak holds significance for the belief of the Jains that the mountain right next to the Mount Kailash peak is the exact place where Rishabadeva, who was the first Jain Tirthankara, attained liberation from life,;that is Moksha. The peak is also known as Meru Parvat in Jain culture.

On the other hand, in Buddhism, it is believed that Mount Kailash where the representative of supreme bliss, known as Buddha Dhemchok resides.

Lastly, in the religion of Bon, it is simply believed that the mountain peak in its entirety along with the nine storey Swastika Mountains are the places that together happen to be the seat of all supreme power in the whole wide universe.

The place is such a prominent pilgrim center that each year millions of devotees visit Mount Kailash as a part of their pilgrimage, regardless of their religion—Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, or Bonpo. It is a tradition that has come a long way for over a thousand years now. Devotees also believe in the inference of getting good fortune and a healthy and prosperous life from their respective deities in Mount Kailash on going for the pilgrimage on foot and offering prayers to the deities, with profound love and respect.

In many contexts, it is often referred that the stairs to Mount Kailash are actually the stairway to heaven.

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