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The Mystical Mount Kailash All You Wanted to Know: The Legend and the Pilgrimage of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar

Author Name: K RAVINDRAN | Format: Paperback | Genre : Travel | Other Details

The majestic and mysterious Mount Kailash, situated in the high-altitude and arduous terrain of the Tibetan plateau, has been attracting pilgrims for centuries. The author has covered the subject in a multi-dimensional manner, exploring geographical, geological, axis mundi, historical, religious, mystical, and mysterious contexts. Various aspects of the circumambulation undertaken by followers of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and ancient Bonpos are discussed in detail. These include the outer and inner Parikramas (Koras) of Mount Kailash, the important monasteries, and holy spots on the route, as well as the types of geographical and climatic hazards faced by pilgrims. The nearby holy lake of Manasarovar, invariably visited by pilgrims to Mount Kailash, is also vividly described, including the spiritually refreshing holy dip in its ice-cold water and circumambulation of the lake. Breathtaking color images of the important spots during the approach and circumambulation add to the overall appreciation of the subject.

The multiple routes to Mount Kailash by land and air, through Nepal and Tibet, and the Indian Government-sponsored routes from the west (Pithoragarh district) and east (Sikkim State) have been discussed. Under "Panch Kailashas," the author has briefly described the other sacred mounts, also called Kailash, located in India.

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K. Ravindran did his schooling in Kerala and graduated in Electrical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He joined the Indian Air Force in 1963 and worked for over 24 years at various stations all over India in the fields of signals, missiles, radar, and communication systems. He took voluntary retirement in the rank of Wing Commander in 1988 and settled down in Vadodara, Gujarat. Thereafter, he pursued his interests in Yoga, spirituality, and writing. He has authored five books titled “Happy Living” in 2006, “Yoga 360 degrees” in 2015, “Sabarimala” in 2018, “Twelve World Religions,” and “Holy Lands of Abrahamic Religions,” both in 2022. He is widely read on varied topics. He has extensively traveled all over the world, including many religious pilgrimage centers. He is associated with many social and philanthropic organizations and is a member of Retired Officers’ Forum, Vadodara – a senior citizens’ fraternity that promotes social causes and organizes seminars on holistic and healthy living. He has been a practitioner of Yoga Asanas and Pranayama for the past three decades. He spends his time reading, writing, and gardening. He has two sons. The present book is his sixth publishing venture.



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