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Mt.Kailash & Lake. Manasarovar

* The most sacred mountain and lake in the world. 
History:  Unknown
Distance from from Lhasa: more than 1300 km
Entrance fee: RMB 160
Open Hours: All day

 

Mt.Kailash & Lake. Manasarovar
Mt.Kailash & Lake. Manasarovar
Mt.Kailash & Lake. Manasarovar
Mt.Kailash & Lake. Manasarovar
Mt.Kailash & Lake. Manasarovar
Mt.Kailash & Lake. Manasarovar
Mt.Kailash & Lake. Manasarovar
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Mount Kailash

Located in far west corner of Tibet with an altitude of 6714 meters, while Mount Kailash is regarded as the "center of the universe" by the Hindus, it is also seen as a scared site by the Jains where their prophet, Rishaba attained spiritual enlightenment; On the other side of Himalayas, Tibetan people also think it as the manifestation of Mount Meru, “the navel of the earth” where founder of Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven. It could be denied that Mt. Kailash is the most sacred peak in the world.

The holy Kailash looks like a pyramid-shaped rock capped by perpetual crystalline snow piercing the sky, it is a spotless design of nature’s art, of bewitching and over powering beauty.More often, clouds will gather above the peak, so clear days are thought to be a blessing because local residents can get an awesome view.

Legend goes that a high lama named Milarepa competed with Naro Bonchung, the leader of Bon, for supernatural power. Milarepa was triumphant and thus the mountain came under the guidance of Buddhism. However, the mountain is also said to be the gathering place of masses of gods, among which are the highest gods of Hinduism. So it is no surprise that many pilgrims of different faiths visit here.

Pilgrims to Kailash, after the difficult journey getting there, are then confronted with the equally arduous task of circumambulating the sacred peak. This walking around the mountain (clockwise for the Buddhists, counter-clockwise for Bon adherents) is known as a Kora, or Parikrama, and normally takes three days. In hopes of gaining extra merit or psychic powers however, some pilgrims will vary the tempo of their movement. Others will take two to three weeks for the Kora by making full body prostrations the entire way. It is believed that a pilgrim who completes 108 journeys around the mountain is assured enlightenment.

The Saka Dawa Festival, the traditional pilgrimage holiday held from late May to early June, is the most spectacular time to visit, but access (even for prebooked tours) is often restricted during this festival.

 
Lake Mansarova
 
Lake Mansarova is the highest freshwater lake in the world, located at the foot of Mount Kailash in Tibet. It is the holiest lake in Asis and an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike.
 
According to Hindu tradition, Manasarovar was created by Brahma, god of creation, to provide an appropriate place for religious rituals. It is said that he had 12 sons, who were holy men and performed rituals and austerities on the dry land at the site. To give them a more suitable place to earn merit, Brahma created the beautiful Lake Mansarovar.
 
The lake's Indian name derives from this legend: Brahma had a mind (manas) to create a lake (sarowar). For Hindus, a circumambulation of Mount Kailash and a dip in the cold waters of Lake Mansarowar removes the sins of all lifetimes, bringing salvation from reincarnation.Buddhists associate Manasarovar with Anotatta Lake, where the Buddha was mystically conceived. According to Buddhist legend, the Buddha's mother was transported here by the gods, where she bathed in the sacred waters of Manasarovar until her body was purified. She then saw a white elephant running to her from Mount Kailash, as the Buddha entered her womb.
 

There were once eight Buddhist monasteries around the lake, symbolizing the Wheel of Life. Pilgrims circumambulated the lake, visiting each of the monasteries along the way, representing a turn of the wheel. Most of the monasteries have now disappeared (the most notable survivor being Chiu Gompa), but Buddhists still make the pilgrimage around the sacred lake. 

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