Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2011: A Journey of a Lifetime: Pilgrimages of all kinds are believed to be an effort to cleanse the soul while walking on the path of enlightenment.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one such pilgrimage route which involves circumambulating Mount Kailash to worship and delight residing deity, Lord Shiva. For years gone-by pilgrims set on this long journey on foot to accomplish this holy odyssey which will bring good fortune and lord’s blessings to them. Also, a significant part of the Kailash Mansarovar tours is visit to the calm waters of holy, Lake Mansarovar which is considered to be one of the most sacred lakes of Jains, Buddhists and Hindus.
Beliefs & Legends: People of different faiths consider Kaliash Mansarovar tours a very sacred journey and they all have their own set of beliefs and legends attached to the holy mountain and sacred lake. A place endowing angelic bliss, Mount Kailash is a significant peak for one it is a religious site and secondly because it has never been climbed in deference to Hindu and Buddhist religions. As per Hindu faith Mount Kailash is the place of residence of Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati.
The mountain is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva sits in perpetual meditation and the tranquility and serenity of the place vows of that. To Hindus it is thus the ultimate spiritual center of the world while people of Jain faith believe it to be the place where their first prophet had attained enlightenment. For centuries pilgrims have traveled through these icy mountains and undergone extreme penance to trek through these mountains in quest of enlightenment and to be able to feel association with divinity and at Mount Kailash they all bow to the almighty in union.
Mansarovar Lake And Other Sacred Sites Around: The holy Lake Mansarovar is nestled in the same vicinity; this almost circular shape lake freezes during winters due to extremely cold climate. The lake’s water is considered sacred and as per the common belief it is therapeutic in nature. Gauri Kund is another sacred site situated in close proximity to Mount Kailash and a dip in its holy waters is believed to be very pious.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2011: The yatra to the sacred land takes place every year in the months of May and June and due to the climatic conditions out of thousands of applicant only a few make it through eligibility criteria to mark upon this sacred odyssey. The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2011 will commence in batches where first medical tests are organized to ensure a pilgrim’s physical health is in good levels to be able to trek at an elevation of 20,000 feet above sea level.
Rinsing off all the malice and follies of the soul Kailash Mansarovar Yatra cleanses the person from within. Pilgrims of several faiths part ways from their worldly belongings to undergo this ritualistic tour around Mount Kailash to seek god’s blessings. Therefore irrespective of all the hardships that one has to undergo, this yatra to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar remains one of the most pious journeys of our age.