Resembling a cone of pure white snow, Mt. Kailash has the unique distinction of being one of the world’s most venerated holy places.
The ‘yatra’ or trip to this place of great worship is surely an experience of a lifetime. It is known for its religious values, adventurous nature, blended with sights of spell-bound natural beauty. The sheer spiritual energy that flows through the mystic place actually stirs the innermost depths of people, whether religious minded or not, thereby cleansing their souls in some way or another- such is the charisma of this magnificent region.
One can reach there by helicopter or by road. The journey commences at Kathmandu along Nepal and then moves to Tibet (China side), which requires immigration formalities to be fulfilled and planned beforehand. We met people who had trekked to the same location. They spoke of living the rough way the fun way. They got to stay in huts, and sleep on floor mattresses which was both humbling and exciting, refreshed that they felt every day, breathing in the crisp and clean air and marveling at the natural expanses of beauty all around.
So many faiths, yet one common factor runs through all these beliefs – that the purity and piousness of the region has spiritual and healing powers and thus must be respected in every way!
Lake Rakshastal, considered to be the place of severe penance by ‘Ravana’, is around two miles away from Mansarovar Lake. It is quite ironical to witness the co-existence of two contrasting water bodies at the same place; one being held in high regard and worshipped while the other considered the lake of demons and denounced by the locals.
Irrespective of the varied religion beliefs, the noteworthy point is the dedication and humane spirit which unites people of different caste and ages while visiting the region. One is drawn to the simplicity of life and finds fulfillment in the harshest of terrain, trek and climate during the ‘yatra’. A common belief is to do the ‘yatra’ with patience; leave over-confidence and arrogance behind along with heavy physical baggage if any.
While many of the visitors would be expecting to find temples, saints, loud rituals such as ringing bells and performing elaborate ceremonies, along with the presence of donation boxes at the Mount Kailash, surprisingly there exist no such materialistic and superstitious omens. The majestic place engages the mind and soul to see the divine outside the temple. It is the perfect place to realize the ‘Nirguna’- formless aspect of the divine! A welcome change indeed!
The Mount Kailash-Mansarovar journey bestowed on us blessings of God signified by the strength and majesty of the mountains, the calmness of waters, and the warmth of the simple human life which cannot be compared to anything else in the world.