Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar is an important pilgrimage site especially for Hindus, essentially because it is believed to be an abode of Shiva but that’s not all about Kailash. In this blog, I am going to share 5 such mythological stories that are associated with Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, apart from it being a Shiva abode. This made the trail more interesting for me personally
The Relevance of Lake Mansarovar: The relevance of Lake Mansarovar is beyond anyone’s understanding. It is believed that this lake was created in the mind of Lord Brahma, before it got manifested on earth. Hence, Mansarovar is also known as the mind lake.
In Hinduism, Lake Mansarovar is a personification of purity. It is said that whosoever drinks the water from this lake, will directly go to the abode of Shiva after death, because they got cleansed of all sins. A belief that has remained strong till now. It is also believed that some celestial body and saptarishi descend on this lake in the form of a light everyday during Bhram mahurat (4 AM) to take a holy dip. But, I would say that whether you believe or don’t, the experiences that people had at Mansarovar is enough to give you goosebumps
The existence of Rakshatal: Rakshatal is a lake which is believed to be originated through the demon king Ravana, in order to garner superpowers from Shiva by showing his devotion towards him. It is said that everyday, Ravana would sacrifice one of his 10 heads at one of the island of this lake to please shiva. It was on the tenth day, that Shiva got moved by his devotion and granted the king his wish to obtain superpowers.
Rakshataal is considered a devil lake due to its association with king Ravana and it is this belief that keeps the pilgrims away from here
Gauri Kund, where Ganesha is believed to be born: Dolma Pass, the highest pass of over 17,000 feet, on the second day of Parikrama around mount Kailash, will give you a glimpse of an emerald colored lake, which is where lord Ganesha is believed to be born. The story goes that Gauri Kund is where the wife of Shiva, Parvati, used to take bath. On one such day, she decided to create Ganesha, using the dirt of her body and instructed him to guard the door, so that no one unknown enters there.
It is even said that if you have not taken a dip in Gauri Kund, the parikrama remains incomplete. But having said this, I would like to mention that the temperature here is cold, since it’s the highest point of Kailash Yatra and a dip in cold water might be harmful at such an altitude. It will be wise enough to carry the kund water, instead of taking a bath or washing face
Yam Dwar, the Gateway to the God of death: It is said that one must pass through Yam Dwar before starting parikrama around Mount Kailash. It is believed that Yamraj, the god of death, himself guards this gate and anyone who successfully pass through this gate, Yamraj free them from all the sins. By doing this Yamraj shows his devotion for Shiva
Relevance for Jains: Apart from being an abode of Shiva, Kailash is also considered one of the Asthapad where it is believed that the 1st tirthtanthkra of Jain, Rishabdev attained nirvana, which makes Kailash an important pilgrimage for Jains
Do you know of any other mythological stories attached to holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Do let me know in the comment section below
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