Truth and fiction about Kailash - the sacred peak of Tibet, which has not yet been conquered

Truth and fiction about Kailash - the sacred peak of Tibet, which has not yet been conquered

"The last word always remains behind the mountain."

Quote from the movie "Everest", 2015

Mount Kailash (6714m) is a sacred mountain in many traditions and religions. Climbing the mountain is prohibited. The axis of the universe, a mountain with a reference vibration, is a pyramid, the edges of which are oriented along the 4 cardinal points. It is the abode of sages, siddhas and gods.

Believers of four religions - Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and adherents of the Bon tradition - consider this unusual mountain "the heart of the world."

  • The Jains venerate Kailash as the place where their first saint achieved liberation.
  • Hindus perform parikrama. They believe that at the top of Kailash is the abode of Shiva - the god of gods, the master of karma, the destroyer of illusion. According to Vishnu Purana, the peak is a reflection or image of Mount Meru, the cosmic mountain at the center of the universe. Lake Manasarovar is the lake of Brahma, the creator of the universe, as well as the lake of Shakti, the female deity, the wife of Shiva. Shiva and Shakti (Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar), as well as Mount Nandi (Nandi bull, Shiva's vehicle) are represented on the altar in every Hindu temple in the world in the form of a Shivalingam.
  • For the followers of the Tibetan Bon tradition, Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar lying at its foot are the heart of the ancient country of Shang Shung, where the ancient Bon Po religion originated.
  • Buddhists consider the mountain to be the abode of the Buddha in the incarnation of Samvara. Around the mountain, Buddhists perform both an ordinary bark and a bark with prostrations, recite a mantra, and twist a drum.
  • In the Bon tradition, Mount Kailash is called Yungdrung GuTse (Nine-Story Swastika Mountain), it is the soul of all Bon, the focus of life force and the main principle of the "Nine Paths of Bon". Here the founder of the religion, the celestial creature Tonpa Shenrab, descended from heaven to earth. Bon bark is performed counterclockwise (towards the sun).

Kailash is one of the main occult places on earth, which accelerates the spiritual development of a person, promotes the growth of awareness and personal responsibility for one's life. The outer crust around the mountain is actually an inner journey towards oneself.

Kora around Kailash How it happens

Walking around the mountain usually takes 3 days. The 53 km route has a deep spiritual meaning. We experience the entire life cycle from birth to death and rebirth. For three days, our soul symbolically lives another life, thereby leaving the past behind, and gets the opportunity to change future destiny.

Quite often we hear from the participants of our trips about a certain "call of Kailash". The statistics allow us to take such claims seriously. Someone sees the mountain in dreams, someone sees signs with the mountain everywhere. These are completely different people, often far from esotericism and yoga. Once a person has a "strange desire" to go to Tibet to Kailash ... There are people who travel to Kailash again and again, 2 times a year. And there is one more category - people who for years have not been able to get to the Sacred Mountain, despite the fact that they pay for tours and even end up in Tibet. The fact is that the road to Kailash is often closed. Either an earthquake, now floods, now a difficult political situation, now a religious holiday and the congestion of the region with pilgrims ...

It is important to remember that your personal core begins the very moment you decide to go to Tibet. How many things appear on the screen of consciousness from this moment! How many fears, doubts, suppressed feelings make themselves felt long before the trip. What incredible events happen on the eve and after the pilgrimage!

It is very important how the pilgrim himself relates to his bark. Ideally, this path is traversed with bright thoughts, prayers, a formed request, with a readiness for transformation, purification and acceptance of changes. Enough of the 1st bark, traversed with respect and gratitude to the Sacred Mountain. Although Buddhists, for example, strive to perform 108 kor to obtain liberation from the "wheel of samsara" and exit to Nirvana. It is believed that only after completing 12 outer crust, one can walk the inner crust around Mount Nandi.

Why go to Kailash

Mount Kailash in Western Tibet is one of the most revered religious sites in the world. The mountain is considered a holy mountain by four religions, so it is not surprising that it receives thousands of pilgrims and just curious climbers every year. This number would probably be even higher if it were not so difficult to obtain permission to visit closed Tibet. Kailash is considered in the Hindu-Buddhist worldview as the center of the world. There are many theories regarding the mountain's supernatural power. And some even argue that this is a pyramid built by aliens. Regardless of whether we believe in her mystical power or not, Kailash is worth paying attention to, because, in addition to the sacred story, she is famous for many interesting facts.

Altitude and other characteristics of Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash boasts a height of 6,638 m, or 21,778 feet, which makes it not the tallest in Tibet, but the tallest in the Ngari District of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the PRC. Strictly speaking, disputes about the height of the peak are still ongoing. Different scientists adhere to, albeit close, but still different numbers. The most authoritative sources determine the summit at an altitude of 6 638 m to 6 890 m above sea level. Well, religious adherents and adherents of mythical theories do not get tired of claiming that this figure is 6 666 m. Also, the height cannot be considered final and for completely scientific reasons. Since the Himalayas are quite young mountains, the process of weathering is still actively going on in them. This leads to a change in heights. Kailash increases by about 5-6 mm per year: quite a bit, but still.

With a height of about 6,700 m, Mount Kailash cannot compete with the peaks of the nearby Himalayan range, including Mount Everest. However, its greatness, which made the hill a famous place, which forced the attention of representatives of 4 religions at once, lies not in its height, but in its clear form. The spurs of the mountains represent four clean faces, corresponding to the cardinal points. In addition, due to the rather flat and flat surface of the slopes and their regular shape, the hill resembles a pyramid and from some angles it may even seem like a man-made structure. Another feature is its secluded location: there are no high peaks nearby that can eclipse or obscure the mountain.

The origin of the name of the sacred mountain

The name of the mountain is associated not only with geography, but also with religious motives

One of the Tibetan names is "Kang Rinpoche". Gangs, or Kang, is the Tibetan name for a snowy peak. The word rinpoche means “precious”, so the combined term can be translated as “precious snow stone” or “precious snow mountain”. There are other variants of the name of this hill:

  • Bon texts have many names: Flower of Water, Mountain of Sea Water, Mountain of Nine-cornered Suns;
  • Jains call Mount Astapada and believe that this is where Rishaba, the first of the 24 Tirthankaras, attained enlightenment;
  • One of its local names is Mount Tise, derived from the word titze in the Chjan-chjung language, meaning “peak of water” or “peak of a river”. In fact, this version has a real basis, since the sources of the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra and Ghaghara rivers begin in the area of ​​Lake Manasarovar near the mountain - also, by the way, sacred.
  • The Chinese also call the hill - Ganzhenboci, or Gandisyshan.

Where is one of the most important sacred mountains in the world?

Why go to Kailash?

"The last word always remains behind the mountain."

Quote from the movie "Everest", 2015

Mount Kailash (6714m) is a sacred mountain in many traditions and religions. Climbing the mountain is prohibited. The axis of the universe, a mountain with a reference vibration, is a pyramid, the edges of which are oriented along the 4 cardinal points. It is the abode of sages, siddhas and gods.

Believers of four religions - Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and adherents of the Bon tradition - consider this unusual mountain "the heart of the world."

  • The Jains venerate Kailash as the place where their first saint achieved liberation.
  • Hindus perform parikrama. They believe that at the top of Kailash is the abode of Shiva - the god of the gods, the master of karma, the destroyer of illusion. According to Vishnu Purana, the peak is a reflection or image of Mount Meru, the cosmic mountain at the center of the universe. Lake Manasarovar is the lake of Brahma, the creator of the universe, as well as the lake of Shakti, the female deity, the wife of Shiva. Shiva and Shakti (Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar), as well as Mount Nandi (Nandi bull, Shiva's vehicle) are represented on the altar in every Hindu temple in the world in the form of a Shivalingam.
  • For the followers of the Tibetan Bon tradition, Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar lying at its foot are the heart of the ancient country of Shang Shung, where the ancient Bon Po religion originated.
  • Buddhists consider the mountain to be the abode of the Buddha in the incarnation of Samvara. Around the mountain, Buddhists perform both an ordinary bark and a bark with prostrations, recite a mantra, and twist a drum.
  • In the Bon tradition, Mount Kailash is called Yungdrung GuTse (Nine-Story Swastika Mountain), it is the soul of all Bon, the focus of life force and the main principle of the "Nine Paths of Bon". Here the founder of the religion, the celestial creature Tonpa Shenrab, descended from heaven to earth. Bon bark is performed counterclockwise (towards the sun).

Kailash is one of the main occult places on earth, which accelerates the spiritual development of a person, promotes the growth of awareness and personal responsibility for one's life. The outer crust around the mountain is actually an inner journey towards oneself.

Kora around Kailash How it happens

Walking around the mountain usually takes 3 days. The 53 km route has a deep spiritual meaning. We experience the entire life cycle from birth to death and rebirth. For three days, our soul symbolically lives another life, thereby leaving the past behind, and gets the opportunity to change future destiny.

Quite often we hear from the participants of our trips about a certain “call of Kailash”. The statistics allow us to take such claims seriously. Someone sees the mountain in dreams, someone sees signs with the mountain everywhere. These are completely different people, often far from esotericism and yoga. Once a person has a “strange desire” to go to Tibet to Kailash ... There are people who travel to Kailash again and again, 2 times a year. And there is one more category - people who for years have not been able to get to the Sacred Mountain, despite the fact that they pay for tours and even end up in Tibet. The fact is that the road to Kailash is often closed. Either an earthquake, now floods, now a difficult political situation, now a religious holiday and the congestion of the region with pilgrims ...

It is important to remember that your personal core begins the very moment you decide to go to Tibet. How many things appear on the screen of consciousness from this moment! How many fears, doubts, suppressed feelings make themselves felt long before the trip. What incredible events happen on the eve and after the pilgrimage!

It is very important how the pilgrim himself relates to his bark. Ideally, this path is traversed with bright thoughts, prayers, a formed request, with a readiness for transformation, purification and acceptance of changes. Enough of the 1st bark, traversed with respect and gratitude to the Sacred Mountain. Although Buddhists, for example, strive to perform 108 kor to obtain liberation from the "wheel of samsara" and exit to Nirvana. It is believed that only after completing 12 outer crust, one can walk the inner crust around Mount Nandi.

And now you come to the foot of the mountain. On the first day of the bark, the white chorten begins a symbolic new life for our soul. It was as if we were born anew, found a new symbolic body, the first day is quite light physically, many feel vigor and strength, euphoria from the beauty of the landscape and the greatness of Kailash. On the way, we pass the house of the happy Stone with a gate to Shambhala, the South and West faces of Mount Kailash, the Mount of Longevity Buddha, and at the end of the route - the North face of Kailash.

Height

Height 6666./Photo: www. oday-movies. om

Until now, scientists and believers have not come to a consensus on the origin of Mount Kailash. Scientists are confident in the natural formation of the peak, like all other mountains in Tibet. Believers believe that the mountain is a pyramid built by their ancestors, therefore it has a pronounced shape with faces facing exactly the cardinal points.

Photo of Kailas from space./Photo: www. ibet. u

It is believed that the height of this mountain is 6666 meters, but modern maps and guides indicate: 6638 meters.

View of Kailash from Lake Manasarovar./Photo: www. udatotam. u

The mystical number, consisting of four sixes, has a certain symbolism for lovers of esotericism. Therefore, in all descriptions of the mysteries of Tibet, they do not forget to indicate: the distance from Kailash to Stonehenge and the North Pole is 6666 kilometers, to the South Pole is exactly twice as much.

Lakes Manasarovar and Rakshas from the satellite./Photo: www. 65drw. om

There are two lakes near Kailash, connected by a thin isthmus: Manasarovar is a fresh lake of life, Rakshas tal is a salt lake of death. Both reservoirs have their own religious significance and are revered almost as much as the sacred mountain itself.

Kailash and the Great Rivers of Asia

Kailash./Photo: www. ibalych. u

Speculations on the topic of Kailash are undoubtedly very profitable. That is why the mountain is endowed with non-existent properties. In many sources concerning Kailash, it is stated that four rivers originate here: Kali Gandaki, Ganges, Brahmaputra and Indus.

However, with a simple study of the maps, it becomes clear that this statement does not stand up to criticism. It was believed that the source of the Indus is located on the Kailash ridge, but scientists in 2010 established that the Indus originates 30 kilometers east of the ridge. The other three rivers also begin their flow in completely different places: Kali Gandaki - in Northern Nepal, the Ganges - in the Mapchachungo glacier on the border with India, Brahmaputra - at the Yangsi glacier, located 110 km from Kailash.

In the south of the Tibetan Plateau, 200 km from Nepal, the world famous Mount Kailash is located. This peak remains unconquered to this day for religious and mystical reasons. Why did the sacred mountain in Tibet give rise to many myths and legends?

Features of Mount Kailash

This peak is the highest in the area and differs from other mountains in its unusual shape. Mount Kailash has four faces, oriented almost exactly to the cardinal points, and therefore resembles a pyramid. Some people believe that the sacred mountain in Tibet was built by ancient civilizations. According to the official version, which was provided by geologists, Kailash rose along with the plateau from the bottom of the ocean. After that, as a result of erosion, it acquired such an unusual shape.

There are many controversies about the height of Kaisal. The most common claim is that the sacred mountain in Tibet is 6666 meters high. Scientists disagree and call numbers from 6638 (the more official height) to 6890 meters. This difference arises from different ways of measuring mountains.

The mountain also has several names. Europeans used to call it Kailash (Kailash), Tibetans - Kang Rinpoche ("Precious Snow"), adherents of the Bon religion - Yundrung Guceg, and the Chinese - Gandisyshan or Ganzhenboci.

Not far from the mountain there are two lakes: Rakshas Tal - the lake of death with salt water, and Manasarovar - the lake of life with fresh water. They are also of great religious significance. An interesting observation is that the distance from Tibetan Kailash to the North Pole and Stonehenge is 6666 km, and to the South Pole it is exactly 2 times longer. But this theory is not supported by anything, so you should not believe in its authenticity.

Climbing history

Mount Kailash remains unconquered to this day. But there were still attempts to do this. In 1985, Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner was given permission to climb. However, almost at the last moment, the man abandoned the expedition without any explanation.

In 2000, a Spanish expedition acquired permission to climb Kailash. It is worth noting that the group paid a lot of money for this, but thousands of pilgrims who blocked the path of the climbers did not give the summit. In addition, the Dalai Lama himself, the UN and other large organizations banned the Spaniards from climbing Kailash. And the thing is that in the religious texts of Hinduism and Buddhism it is said that no one dares to climb the mountain to the gods.

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