Mount Kailash, located in a remote part of western Tibet is more than just a majestic mountain, it’s a legend. One of the most important spiritual pilgrimage sites in the world this is a journey that is as much an inward one as an outward one. Revered by millions of people from different religions it si a life changing experience for the few thousand pilgrims who undertake the journey each year. According to Hindus it is the abode of Lord Shiva, the holy centre of the earth and the manifestation of heaven itself. To the Tibetan Buddhists Mount Kailash is the home of Buddha Demchok who symbolizes supreme harmony. The Tibetan Bon religion believes Mount Kailash is their spiritual seat of power and in Jainism Kailash (known as Mount Ashtapada) is the place where the creator of their faith, Rishabhadeva attained freedom from the cycle of life and rebirth.
20km from Mount Kailash Lake Manasarovar is part of this sacred pilgrimage route. Bathing in or drinking the water from Lake Manasarovar is thought to cleanse one of all sins and this is the first stop for pilgrims.
It is said that one trip around the sacred mountain will wipe away all the sins (bad karma) of one's current lifetime, 108 revolutions will remove the sins of all one's lifetimes and bring salvation from reincarnation (moksa). Alternatively, pilgrims who complete one circumbulation of Kailash and bathe in the frigid waters of Lake Manasarovar will also bring salvation.