Mt Kailash has been deemed
a holy mountain by different peoples
for over 3000 years. In Tibetan, the
mountain's name is Kang Rinpoche,
meaning "precious snow jewel".
To Hindus, the mountain is worshipped
as the home of Shiva, the Destroyer
and Transformer. The Bonpo religion
in Tibet is also said to have originated
here when the founder of the religion
came down from heaven at this spot.
Each year, countless pilgrims from
India, Nepal and Bhutan as well as
those from around Tibetan areas come
here to pay homage to the mountain,
making this one of the most important
religious mountains in Tibet.
On the south face of the
mountain, there is a vertical cleft
and a horizontal rock shelf that forms
a Buddhist swastika symbol, which
is holy to both the Buddhist and Banbo
religions. The Benbo religion is a
native Tibetan religion based heavily
on belief in magic and demons.
The four rivers flowing
from the mountain each are said to
grant supernatural powers when imbibed.
The Indus runs towards the north (imbibing
will confer the courage of a lion).
The Ganges flows toward the south
and grants the beauty of a peacock.
The Brahmaputra flows towards the
east and grants the speed of a horse.
Lastly, the Sutlej runs to the west
and confers the strength of an elephant.
We, of course, don't recommend you
believe these legends as the reality
could be a case of the "runs"
Many Tibetan Buddhist
pilgrims circumambulate the mountain
as one of the holiest acts of their
religion. This strenuous and difficult
hike (known as a kora) takes around
three days and requires you to take
your own supplies, including food,
bedding, stove, fuel, and clothing.
The kora starts in Darchen, a good
place to get supplies. The walk has
stops at two monasteries, the Drirapuk
and the Zutrulpuk, along the path.
Be careful of temperature differences
on the mountain. It can get cold on
the mountain slopes, even on a summer's
day. Be prepared with sufficient warm
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