There is no denying that Mount Kailash Yatra is a magical place, which hides plethora of stories. I mean there is seriously no end to it. Walk through any corner of Lord Shiva’s abode and you are bound to find a tale hidden, something which we would read during our school days. Seriously, if I come to think of it, never in my dreams would I imagined that I am going to live through these tales, I would just hear in my childhood days. This sounds unreal but I never thought that there would be a day when I would travel to far off places like Mount Kailash, where resides the Lord Shiva in the state of meditation. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a mythological bliss and I am more than happy about it
Why you shouldn’t bath in Rakshastal during Mount Kailash Yatra
Rakshas which means Devil and Tal meaning the lake, Rakshastal is believed to be originated through the demon king Ravana, who got infamous due to his act of kidnapping Sita from the text of Ramayana. It is said that while he was mediating around Mount Kailash, to impress Lord Shiva to grant him special powers, he made Rakshastal where he would sit and pray.
It is due to its association with the demon king Ravana, Rakshastal has never looked upon as an auspicious lake and pilgrims are often discouraged to neither take a bath or drink water from it. It is said that with the touch of the water from this lake, a pilgrim will attract a bad luck and therefore, it is not advisable to even get close to it
But, scientifically researchers have claimed that it is infact the salty nature of Rakshastal which makes it undrinkable and there are no water bodies in it. The touch of salt water on a human body is bad
But, there is also a lesser known tale which says that Ravana while on his way to Mount Kailash, crossed Gauri Kund where he saw Parvati from a distance. It is only after he created Rakshastal and took a dip in it that he started feeling for her.
Few stories also claimed that when he met Lord Shiva, Ravana also asked for Parvati, which infuriated the god. They claimed that the nature of its water is such that it aroused Ravana, as he felt for Parvati. This belief has also become a reason to discourage people from taking a bath in Rakshastal on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
Why you shouldn’t take a bath in Gauri Kund, despite being a Holy Pond?
On the second day of Kailash Parikrama around Mount Kailash, you shall come across this gorgeous emerald colored pond which belongs to the wife of Lord Shiva, Parvati. Gauri Kund, as it is known was her personal space where she used to take bath. It is also said that it is at Gauri Kund that Parvati created Lord Ganesha, using the dirt of her body.
There is a strong belief among the pilgrims that a dip or splash of water of Gauri Kund on the head, heals them. But, there are also stories that suggests to avoid taking a bath here as Parvati still visits this place and a personal space shouldn’t be occupied or touched. Honestly, I would also discourage everyone from taking a dip in Gauri Kund since the place is over a height of 17,000 + feet and cold enough that a person can fall sick easily. There is a lot of precaution that should be taken during the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
But, while writing this blog I will still say that whatever are the realities of these mysterious tales that are associated with Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, one thing is for sure that Mount Kailash and Lord Shiva never leaves a chance to keep us intrigued with these fascinating tales
Have you ever heard these stories of Kailash Yatra? Let me know in the comment section below
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