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Showing posts with label Manasarovar. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is The Sacred Hindu Tirtha Of Manasarovar?

 


Manasarovar is a Tibetan lake and holy place (tirtha) at the foot of Mount Kailas.

Pilgrims who are trekking around Mt. Kailas are customarily bathed in the lake before advancing to the peak.

The lake is supposed to be part of the Shakti Pithas, a network of holy locations dedicated to the Goddess that stretches throughout the Indian subcontinent.

Each Shakti Pitha commemorates the location where a piece of the goddess Sati's severed corpse fell to earth and reincarnated as a different goddess; Manasarovar was Sati's right hand's palm.



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Hinduism - Where Is The Kailas Mountain? Are There Present Restrictions On Pilgrims?


 A Himalayan mountain in southern Tibet that is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists as a pilgrimage site (tirtha).

Kailas is said to be Mount Meru, the universe's core, according to Hindu mythology.

The peak of Mount Kailas is also said to be where the deity Shiva resides.

The essential act of pilgrimage to Kailas for both Hindus and Buddhists is to walk around the mountain, metaphorically crossing the whole globe.

The trek starts at Manasarovar, a lake at the mountain's foot that is known as the Lake of the Gods in Hindu mythology.

The sixty-five-mile circuit is exceedingly challenging due to a number of factors: Even in June (the traditional pilgrimage month), the region is exceedingly isolated, the temperature is harsh and unforgiving, and the circuit itself is physically demanding, with its highest point over 19,000 feet above sea level.

Storms may strike at any time of year, and unprepared pilgrims might quickly perish from exposure.

Given these challenges, only a small percentage of individuals undertake this pilgrimage; nonetheless, those who do are rewarded.

For long years, Chinese travel restrictions in Tibet prevented anyone from making this journey.

These prohibitions have been lifted since the early 1990s, and small groups of religious pilgrims are once again undertaking the hallowed pilgrimage. 


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