Kailash is a sacred Tibetan mountain shrouded in mystery and legends. With an impressive height of 6718 meters, Mount Kailash represents the axis of the world or the stairway to heaven for the people in the region. Both Buddhists and Hindus, as well as older religions, recognize Mount Kailash as an ancient holy place. Approach Kailash not only prohibited, but dangerous. In the immediate vicinity of mountains time flows much faster, and people have gone to the mountain, often not returned.
its shape is remarkable and has led to speculations over the centuries. The area around this great mountain is the source of four life-giving rivers; the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and the Karnali River (a tributary of the Sacred River Ganga). Two lakes are situated at the base of the mountain. The higher lake Manasarovar (one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world), is the sacred lake, and is round like the sun. The lower lake Rakhast Tal (one of the highest salt-water lakes) is the devil’s lake and has the shape of the crescent moon. The two lakes represent solar and lunar forces, good and negative energies respectively.
The idea of the pyramid in this region is not new. It goes back to the timeless Sanskrit epic of the Ramayana.
The Axis Mundi, the centre of the universe, the navel of the world, the world pillar, Kang Tisé or Kang Rinpoche (the ‘Precious Jewel of Snow’ in Tibetan), Meru (or Sumeru), Swastika Mountain, Mt. Astapada, Mt. Kangrinboge (the Chinese name) – all these names, real or legendary, belong to one of the holiest and most mysterious mountains in the world – Mount Kailas.
According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance and illusion, resides at the summit of mountain Kailash, where he sits in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife Pārvatī. Hindu mythology recognises it as the only abode of the gods that can be visited by man in his mortal body.