Mount Kailash – A journey to Mother Nature’s lap transcribed By Vidya

Most worshiped deity in India “Lord Ganesha”, is symbol for luck, Ganesha visits his followers every year and returns to Mt Kailash.

Unlike most Hindu deities Lord Ganesha has an elephant head. My granny had told me that Lord Ganesh received his elephant head from an incident that is as interesting as Ganesha himself. Once Ganesha’s father (Lord Siva), furiously de-capitalized him for restricting entry to his wife’s room. Later lord Shiva brought him back to life by replacing his head with that of an elephant considering that he was just obeying his mother’s orders. This story has several symbolic cultural significances. Obeying one’s own parents and understanding that a person should follow his path of Karma (life path laid by Hindu living) at any cost are morals in this story.

It has always been my fascination to collect experiences and analyze related out of world stories. I decided to travel to Himalayas, where lord Ganesha’s resided and is believed to live with his family at Mt Kailash. Apart from religious sentiments, people around the world visit this place to experience the true glory of nature and its tranquility.  This article is hence just a brief of my long journey from south India to Kailas. Mount Kailash is situated at the south western part of Tibet near Kumaon hills.

Lord Ganesha is a Hindu deity, the remover of obstacles, favorite for artists and writers as he transcribed Mahabharatha. Mahabharatha is an ancient sacred poem that depicts the origin of Hinduism and story of a war that took place thousands of years ago. Ganesha transcribed this poem that consisted of 1, 00,000 paragraphs in a night which was recited to him by Rishi Veda Vyasa.  Ganesha is believed to stay among his worshipers during the days before and after an eclipse and also 10 days prior to his birthday every year. Mount Kailash, 22,028′ high, is one of the most sacred places on Earth but one of the least visited. It is difficult to reach this remote area of Tibet. The Tibetan Buddhists call lord Ganesha as Ganapathi.

We reached mount Kailash (865-kms from Delhi), via Kathmandu-Nepal Gunj-Simikot-Taklakot. We traveled from Taklakot through road towards Manasa Sarovar. Godess Parvathi(Ganesha’s mother) is believed to bath at Manasa Sarovar.  It is a 64-mile circuit around Manasa Sarovar. Pilgrims believe that wishes come true as you take dip in this holy lake. The waiting in Paryang made everyone impatient, as this was the long awaited day of first ‘Darshan'(Holy view) of Sacred Kailash and Manasarovar.  We left for Sershong, the starting point of Kailash Parikarma(Orbit) during the early hours of sunrise.  Mount Kailash is also the source of four major rivers: the Indus, the Brahmaputra, the Karnali and the Sutleg. It took two days to complete the Parikrama of Manasarovar . Yaks and helpers were provided for the Parikrama by villagers and travel guides. Pilgrims collected and carried stones, pebbles and water from the Manasarovar Lake for sharing their fortune with friends and relatives as they were sacred.

It was very hard to breathe at Mount Kailash’s freezing temperatures and altitude. The cold was ignored because of the charismatic beauty of the nature. One look at Mt Kailash and it made me so peaceful, it felt like a bliss.  I could imagine that Lord Ganesha is constantly dancing to the harmony of the universe.   Mount Kailash appeared to be dressed in pure silk and contrasted with greenish blue sky at the background.  In spite of constant bad weather and warning, we were grateful to Ganesha that we completed the Kailash journey.

My words are just not enough to describe what I was able to experience during Kailas yathra. I did not witness any miracle connected to Lord Ganesha in this journey but I could experience the presence of positive energy, which convinced me the presence of GOD at Mt Kailash.

A friend from United Kingdom once asked me a favor, he wanted me to bring lord Ganesha’s idol to be placed at office as he believed it can bring him luck. Every Indian household worships lord Ganesha’s idol and is most worshiped Indian deity.

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2 comments to Mount Kailash – A journey to Mother Nature’s lap transcribed By Vidya

  • I’d have to concur with you one this subject. Which is not something I typically do! I really like reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to speak my mind!

  • It is a great travelogue, I read the English version of this travelogue though and have made up my mind to visit these places and understand the history.