Mount Kailash also known as Gang Rinpoche in Tibetan language , is believed as the home of Hindu God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. Beside Hinduism other there religions consider this as a sacred which are Buddhism, Bön and Jainism
North Face of Mount Kailash
The mountain is located near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal, close to the source of some of the longest Asian rivers: the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali also known as Ghaghara (a tributary of the Ganges) in India.
Coordinates : 31°4′0″N 81°18′45″E
Meaning Of Name Kailash
The word Kailash was probably derived from a sanskrit word “kelāsa” (केलास), which means “crystal”
The Tibetan name for the mountain is Gangs Rin-po-che, Gangs or Kang is the Tibetan word for snow peak analogous to alp or hima; rinpoche is an honorific meaning “precious one” so the combined term can be translated “precious jewel of snows”.
An illustration of the Hindu significance of Mount Kailash, depicting the holy family of Shiva, consisting of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha and Kartikeya (Muruga)
Mount Kailash might seem a normal mountain but which makes it mysterious is that till date nobody successfully climbed up to the top.
According to some Russian Mountain Experts, Mount Kailash is there like a axis.
Some Even Claim that it was built by aliens and it’s a pyramid.
There’s a folklore in Tibet that Yogi Milarepa climed to the top of Mount Kailash and upon returning he warned everyone to never visit it again, he said,
Only A Person Who Has No Skin on Body Can Reach The Top Of Kailash
According to Some modern climbers, “Kailash is Utterly Unclimbable”
Attempts Of Climbing
In 1926, Hugh Ruttledge studied the north face, which he estimated was 6,000 ft (1,800 m) high and “utterly unclimbable” and thought about an ascent of the northeast ridge, but he ran out of time. Ruttledge had been exploring the area with Colonel R. C. Wilson, who was on the other side of the mountain with his Sherpa named Tseten. According to Wilson, Tseten told Wilson, “‘Sahib, we can climb that!’ … as he too saw that this [the SE ridge] represented a feasible route to the summit.” Further excerpts from Wilson’s article in the Alpine Journal (vol. 40, 1928) show that he was serious about climbing Kailash, but he also ran out of time.
Herbert Tichy , another climber, in 1936, attempting to climb Gurla Mandhata. When he asked one of the Garpons of Ngari whether Kailash was climbable, the Garpon replied, “Only a man entirely free of sin could climb Kailash. And he wouldn’t have to actually scale the sheer walls of ice to do it – he’d just turn himself into a bird and fly to the summit.”
Some Climbers who tried Climbing Kailash claimed there’s no magnetic field as a result compass doesn’t work there. According to some local folklore, aging factor speeds up in Kailash, Nails and Hair grows too fast there. Some even claim that if somebody spends 12 hours in Kailash aging process speeds up upto twice.
But still there’re no scientific explanation or proof about it.
Connection to Ramayana
Kailash is located near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal. Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal are not far from each other but Still water ot Lale Manasarovar is drinkable but water of Rakshastal is salty and not drinkable.
Satellite view of Mount Kailash with lakes Rakshastal (left) and Manasarovar (right)
According to Ramayana, Ravana the king of Lanka was a worshiper of Lord Shiva and to wanted to take Kailash to Lanka by pulling the whole mountain but failed, that’s why some cracks can be seen in Mount Kailash and the Lake Rakshastal was created with the sweat of Ravana.
There are many stories about Mount Kailash and till date nobody successfully climbed up to the top of Mount Kailash. Some People Claim it’s secret base of aliens , but they’re unable to show any proof. We hope in near future we’ll be able to solve the mystery of Mount Kailash.
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