The mysteries of Mount Kailash

As we approach Maha Shivaratri I thought talking about Kailash would be my humble tribute to Mahadev who is also my isht devta.

Mount Kailash, one of the peaks in the Kailash range of mountains in Tibet is said to be the abode of Shiva! Several mysterious phenomena have been observed at this holy peak, the most popular amongst them is that nobody has been able to reach the summit till date even though some 4000 people have climbed the Mount Everest which is much taller. Only one Buddhist Monk Milarepa has said to have climbed the Kailash but there is no evidence if he really did. The Chinese government has stopped expeditions atop Mount Kailash after several mountaineers got sick and even died in their attempts. The last expedition was a spanish one, the leader of which after an unsuccessful attempt, narrated that he felt a strange surge of energy, started hallucinating and lost all control over his mind and body so he returned back. Another climber reported being consumed by the idea that he doesn’t belong on the mountain and must dump the resolve to climb. The moment he did he felt eternal peace and happiness.
Let’s look at some of the other cool things associated with this abode of Lord Shiva :

1. You can witness time-travel here!
Devotees visiting the sacred mountain, have claimed that they have witnessed an increased rate of growth, especially of nails and hair. Growth in nails and hair close to 2 weeks is said to happen in just 12 hours!

2. Impossible to climb, due to the mountain’s random change in position!
NOBODY except for one 11th century Tibetian Buddhist monk Milarepa has been successful in climbing Mount Kailash for it changes its target destination and even covers up tracks waylaying climbers. Travelers suddenly end up moving in the opposite direction, or as soon as the path to the climb was visible the weather worsened and the climbers came down with severe illness and several others have never returned! All the expeditions to the summit have been unsuccessful so far!

3. It is the central axis of the world!
Several studies by the Russians and the Americans have led scientists to believe that the sacred peak is the center of our world, called the Axis Mundi! It is said to be in connection with several other monuments of the world such as the Stonehenge, also from which it is exactly 6666 Km. It is 6666 Km from the North pole & 13332 Km from the South Pole (double the 1st number of 6666). Even the ancient scriptures of the Vedas and the Ramayana mention Mt. Kailash as the cosmic axis.

4. It is the connection between the human & the spiritual world!
The 4 faces of Kailash face the 4 directions of the compass. The Vedas regard the mountain as the link that ties heaven and Earth together.

5. The holy Swastika formed during sunset!When the sun sets, at dawn the pyramid-shaped mountain is said to cast a shadow that looks like the symbol of the swastika. The Sswastika means “a lucky or an auspicious object”.

6. Mount Kailash is fully made of precious stones!
The majestic mountain that stands that 21,778 feet, has four distinct sides to it, each facing the 4 directions of the compass. Each face is said to be made up of substances of the highest value with the south face having been made of Lapis Lazuli, the west – Ruby, the north – Gold, and the east of pure Crystal.

7.It might be a man-made (or divine-made) pyramid!
The research conducted by Russian scientists suggest that Mt. Kailash isn’t a mountain at all and that it is too perfect and symmetrical to be a natural phenomenon. If this turns out to be true Mt. Kailash will become the biggest man-made pyramid, along with its group of 100 other pyramids (mountains) surrounding it.

8. The mystery of the two contrasting lakes!
There are 2 lakes Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal at the foot of the mountain. There are separated by a thin isthmus of mountain ranges which symbolize two contrasting characters calmness and rage! Manasasarovar is calm & placid no matter the climatic conditions whereas Rakshas Tal is ever stormy and always raging. Also it is quite strange that while Mansarovar has fresh water Rakshas Tal has salt water.

9. On the Om Parbat next to Mount Kailash snow falls in the shape of OM.

10. Many ancient astronaut theorists believe that Lord Shiva is actually an alien from highly evolved species and Kailash Mansarovar is the base from which extraterrestrial beings communicate with earth. There have been several UFO sitings in the area by both pilgrims and military personnel.

If Shiv ji wants may be someday I will be able to share a more personal first hand account of my encounter with divinity with you. Until then enjoy this beautiful Himanchali bhajan :

शिव कैलाशों के वासी धौलीधारों के राजा,

शंकर संकट हरणा , शंकर संकट हरणा..

तेरे कैलाशों का अंत ना पाया

अंत बे-अंत तेरी माया ओ भोले बाबा

अंत बे-अंत तेरी माया, शंकर संकट हरणा

Om Namah Shivay !

मौत की राह ना देखूं की बिन आये ना रहे


For a long time, she held a special place in my heart. I kept this special place just for her, like a “Reserved” sign on a quiet corner table in a restaurant. Despite the fact that I was sure I’d never see her again.
(South of the border, West of the Sun)

~ Haruki Murakami