Holy Mt Kailash (Kangrinboqe Peak)


As the main peak of the Gandise Mountain, Kailash (Kangrinboqe) is the most famous holly mountain in Asian history. With four distinct sides, the gigantic pyramid has a round cap covered in eternal snow and ice. Standing far above surrounding mountains, Kailash (Kangrinboqe) is just like a majestic ruler of Nature.

Holy Mt Kailash in Tibet (Kangrinboqe Peak)

At an elevation of 6656 meters above sea level, snowcapped Mt Kailash (Kangrinboqe Peak) gives life to four grand rivers: Shiquan River (or Sengge Zangbo, meaning “Lion Fountain,” known as Indus River in the lower reaches), Maquan River (or Damqog Zangbo, meaning “Horse Fountain,” the origin of the Yarlung Zangbo River), Xiangquan River (or Langqen Zangbo, meaning “Elephant Fountain,” knowns as Sutlej in the lower reaches), and Kongqu River (meaning “Peacock Fountain,” the origin of the Ganges River). The four rivers gained their names from the geological features of their origins.

Holy Mt Kailash in Tibet (Kangrinboqe Peak)

Mt Kailash (Kangrinboqe Peak) gained the status of holy mountain well over 2000 years ago. It still commands great reverence from Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Bon religion and Jainism. Hindus believe this mountain is the abode of the Mahabrahman; sutras of Jainism say that Lhexa Bahal. The world’s first one to be relieved of earthly affairs, lives oon this peak; Tibetan Buddhism believes that mountain symbolizes the Bdemchog-rdo-rje and Rdo-rje-phag-mo; and the Bon religion reveres it as a sacred holy mountain at the center of the world and the residence of all gods. Circulating the mountain is the way most pilgrims show their utmost respect to the mountain. But the route and way of circulation differ according to different religions. Every year, pilgrims from India, Nepal, Bhutan and the Chinese regions where the Tibetan people live will form a continuous line around the mountain.

The number of pilgrims will reach the highest in the Year of Horse on the Tibetan calendar.

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