Kailash Mansarover Sewa Samiti (All India Regd.)
The Kailash Mansrovar is the holiest place of pilgrimage for all the Hindus. It is the cherished desire of every Hindu to perform kailash mansrovar yatra atleast once in his lifetime.
The Himalayas, the crown of the Indian peninsula has remained the cultural locus for its teeming millions. It is in the Himalayas, as the Skanda Purana records, where Lord Shiva lives.
Today it stands as Mount Kailash: a rock pyramid 22,028 feet high. It embodies the age old concept of the 'navel of the earth', the 'world pillar', the 'first of the mountains', the 'still point in the turning world', 'rooted in the seventh hell, piercing through to the highest heaven'. Consequently, the religious importance of Mount Kailash and its immediate hinterland of Lake Mansarovar is multifaceted. The Very fact one thought of proceeding to Kailash Mansarover is a "call from within". Thousands of Sages, ordinary mortals, philosophers and even the Gods had submerged in blissful trance at the very Bight of this divine grandeur. It is the abode of LORD SHIVA and his divine consort Parvathi. It expounds the philosophy of PURUSHA and PRAKRITI- SHIVA and SHAKTI. The radiant SILVERY summit is the throne of TRUTH , WISDOM and BLISS-SACHIDANANDAM.
The region is venerated by all religions and ages in different ways. All the myths and legends surrounding the region at least prove one thing: the essential unity of all the religions.
As per Jainism Kailash Mansarover is associated with fist Tirthankar Lord Shree Rishabhdev Ashtapad mountain which is near to the Kailash mountain is a place where Lord Rishabhdevji attained Nirvana (Moksh) with crores of his disciples.
Kailash is one of the most important pilgrim centers for the Buddhists. They adore Kailash as KANG RINPOCHE. Like the Indians, they also consider DOLMA AND GAURI KUND as holiest spots. Buddhists also strongly believe that pilgrimage of this place liberates them to NIRVANA.
Lake Mansarover lies at 4,590 meters (15,060 ft) above mean sea level. It is relatively around in shape with the circumference of 88 kilometres (55 miles). Its depth reaches a maximum depth of 90 m (300 ft). Mansarover is near the source of the Sutlej River which is the easternmost large tributary of the Indus. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River, and the Karnali River (Ghaghara), an important tributary of the Ganges River.
The word "Manasarovara" originates from Sanskrit, which is a combination of the words "Manas" "sarovara" manas meaning mind and sarovara meaning lake. According to the Hindu religion, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth.
As per Hindu theology, Lake Manasa Sarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake will go to the Abode of Lord Shiva after death. He is believed to be cleansed of all his sins committed over even a hundred lifetimes.
The lake is very popular in Buddhist literature and associated with many teachings and stories in Buddhism. Lord Buddha, it is reported, stayed and meditated near this lake on several occasions.
The scriptures reiterate that one who take the holy dip at Mansarover and Carry out the Parikrama around Kailash are absolved of their sins through generation and is absorbed into the Supreme Finality. To him there is no rebirth, sorrows or joys: he is one with the ultimate - He is one with Shiva.