What is Panch Kailash?

Panch Kailash stands for five Kailash situated in India and Tibet. More often than not, the pure devotees of Lord Shiva progress five Kailash Yatra or Panch Kailash Yatra for the attainment of Salvation, hence, devotees from all over the world pay reverence to Lord Shiva at these five holy sites all together called Panch Kailash. Alongside, most individuals or travellers take it as a journey of truth, and a great spiritual experience. Indeed, Panch Kailash Yatra 2019 includes paying pilgrimage to five abodes of Lord Shiva and the holy mountains or sites in the Himalayas. The Panch Kailash are —

Shrikhand Mahadev

Shrikhand Mahadev is also known as “Shrikhand Kailash.” It is situated in the Kullu District in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. The mountain is located at a height of 5,227 meters above the main sea level. Trekking to Shrikhand Mahadev can grant you with beautiful experience of passing through flowery valleys and tall trees. However, one also needs to cope with the Himalayan terrain while crossing various glaciers to reaches Shrikhand Mahadev. The mythological history of Shrikhand Mahadev speaks “Bhasmasur who has worshipped Lord Shiva for a long period received a boon from the Lord as a fruit that he can turn anyone into ashes by locating his arm upon someone’s head. After receiving the boon, Bhasmasur desired to transform Lord Shiva into ashes and so he moves forward to Shiva, to this, Lord Shiva started runoff from the Asura. While hiding from Asura, Lord Shiva came down to Shrikhand Mountain and meditated there in the form of Kailash Shivaling. Lord Vishnu also killed Bhasmasur at this mountain by tricking him into his own action as per the boon.” Apart from this, Lord Shiva came out from the form of Shivaling when Mata Parvati processed Akhand Upasana.

Kinnaur Kailash

Kinnaur Kailash is also known as “Kinner Mountain.” It is located in Kinnaur valley of Kinnaur District in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur Mountain or Kinner Kailash is one of the Panch Kailash in India. It is 6050 meters long. The location is considered as in-depth sacred and holds a significant mythology History behind the invention. As per the Legends, a Kund near the Kailash is called “Parvati Sarovar” which Goddess Parvati had created by herself to worship. Kinnaur Kailash is also the place where Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva met.

More often, locals discuss the presence of two birds above the peak of Kinnaur Kailash, akin to observing the activities of the visitors all the time. Many locals also mention the belief of these two birds being Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva. Again, the Mountain is highly spiritual and is never covered with snow, no matter, how snowy the whole region is!

Manimahesh Kailash

Manimahesh Kailash is also known as Chamba Kailash and is situated in the Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. The mountain stands at a distance of 26 kilometres from Bhudhil Valley. It is 5,653 meters long. At the bottom of Manimahesh Kailash, Manimahesh Lake flows parallel to the level of Mansarovar Lake. As per the history of tourism or pilgrimage to this holy site, no visitor has yet been accomplished in conquering this mountain. As per the attempt of Nandini Patel to climb the mountain in 1968 under the support of an Indo-Japanese team of mountaineers, this Kailash is considered as Virgin peak as her attempt equivalent to other mountaineers was aborted. Mythological history of this mountain speaks “Lord Shiva created Manimahesh ahead of marrying Mata Parvati.” It is considered that it is one of the abodes of Lord Shiva and he usually roams around the mountain with his spouse.

Adi Kailash

Adi Kailash is also known as “Chhota Kailash” and it is situated close to the Indo-Tibetan Border in Dharchula district in the state of Uttrakhand in India. More often, people around the world do confuse between Adi Kailash and Mount Kailash in Tibet because of similar appearance. “Parvati Tal” is the nearest Lake located to Adi Kailash. The mountain is a perfect example of natural beauty. As per the Hindu Legends, Adi Kailash holds significance in Hinduism as the mountain has been discussed in many Hindu Scriptures. 

Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash is situated in Tibet. It is 6638 meters long considered as highest peak among the Kailash Range. It is acknowledged for holding sacred importance in more than one religion—Bon, Hinduism, Buddhist, and Jainism. As per Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva had resided in the Mount Kailash for a long period. Also, he sat here for meditation. Mt. Kailash is known for granting spiritual liberation, salvation, and bliss to the devotees of Lord Shiva as well as the followers of other religions. Mansarovar Lake and Rakshastal are also situated nearby to Mt.Kailash. Mt.Kailash has never been climbed by anyone till now.

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