Lord Shiva - a.Affiliation: Trimurti b.Abode: Mount Kailash c. Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya
d.Weapon: Trident (Trishula) e.Consort: Sati Parvati f. Mount: Nadi (Bull)
It is said that the Holy Himalaya is a Grand palace of the Gods who kept the universe aloof from the sight of evil, witlessness, egotism and misapprehension. It is believed that here, the universe leapt from a deific place whose trailer could demolish all evil. Admired as the focal point of universe, this place is Kailash Mansarovar.
In Sanskrit, Kailash means crystal and according to Hindu Mythology, Kailash is the worldly conceivable appearance of Mt. Meru. It is the dwelling of Lord Shiva along with his companion Goddess Parvati. They reside on the top of this mountain in supreme harmony performing yoga sternness. Whereas, Buddhists confront their own belief about it. They believe that Saint Padmasambhaya gained enlightenment here. So they consider it as heaven on earth. It is also believed that Queen Maya was brought here before giving birth to Lord Buddha. Bonpos consider it as the valuable and exquisite snow mountain or Gang Rinpoche, an enormous Mandal which is the nucleus of all tantric forces. Jains regard this place as the mystical mountain of Astapada where the founder Rishahadeva achieved spiritual deliverance. Similarly, Sikh scriptures suggest that the founder Guru Nanak Dev studied meditation methods and techniques on the top of this mountain and he is considered as one of the rare people who mounted the peak of this holy mountain.
If there is something common between the four great rivers of Asia- the Indus, the Sutlej, the Brahmautra and the Karnali (Ganga), then it is the lake Manasarovar which is the source of all these rivers. It is widely believed that a person bathing in this lake or drinking its water is free from all his sins. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma first created this lake in his mind. So it is named as Manasarovar. In Sankrit, Manasarovar is a combination of two words, ‘Mana’ and ‘Sarovar’, ‘Mana’ means mind and ‘Sarovar’ means lake. Nevertheless, the pilgrimage to this spiritual region is difficult and tiring. Though it is considered as one of the Asia’s most religious yet difficult voyages, this sacred region is one of the most visited places on earth. This region is believed to have invisible magnetic powers that attract people across the world towards it.
Shiva (meaning is auspicious one) is a Hindu deity and is the destroyer or the transformer among the Trimutri, the Hindu trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. He is considered the supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential in Hinduism, where as in the other branches of Hinduism such as in the Smarta tradition; he is regarded as one of the five primary forms of God.
Shiva is usually worshipped in an iconic form of linga. He is described as an omniscient yogi, who lives an ascetic life on mount kailash, as well as a householder with a wife of Parvati, two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya and a daughter Asoksundari. Shiva has many benevolent as well as fearsome forms. He is often depicted as immersed in deep meditation, with his wife and children or as the cosmic dancer. In fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons.
Shiva the yogi: The worship of Shiva is a pan-Hindu tradition, practised widely across all of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Some historians believe that the figure of Shiva as we know him today was built up over time, with the idea of many regional sects of being amalgamated into a single figure. Shiva thus had non-Aryan origin and Aryan manifestations in different forms including that of the Vedic Rudra (the power of destruction) though the original meaning has not yet been lost.
Rudra: Shiva as we know him today shares many features with the Vedic god Rudra, and both Shiva and Rudra are viewed as the personality in a number of Hindu tradition. Rudra, the god of the roaring strom, is usually portrayed in accordance with the element he represents as a fierce, destructive deity. The oldest surviving text of Hindusium is the Rig Veda, which is dated to between 1700 and 1100 BC based on linguistic and philological evidence. Shiva’s rise to a major position in the pantheon was facilitated by his identification with a host of Vedic deities, including Agni, Indra, Parjapati, Vayu, and others.
Attributes: Shiva is depicted three-eyed, the holy Ganga flowing through is matted hair, wearing ornaments of serpents and a skull bracelet, and covered in ashes, and Trisula and Damaru are seen in the background.
Shiva’s forms: Shiva has a trident in the right lower arm, with a crescent moon on his head. He said to be fair like camphor or like an ice clad mountain. He has fire and Damaru and mala or a kind of weapen. He wears five serpents as ornaments. He wears a garland of skulls. He is pressing with his feet the demon Muyalaka, a dwarf holding a cobra. He faces south. Panchakshara itsself is his body.
Third eye: (Trilochana) Shiva is often depicted with third eye, with which he burned desires (Kama) to ashes which occurs in many scriptural sources.
Crescent moon: Shiva bears on his head the crescent moon. The placement of the moon on his head as a standard iconographic feature dates to the period when Rudra rose to prominence and became the major deity Rudra –Shiva. The crescent moon is shown on the side of the lord’s head as an ornament. The waxing and waning phenomenon of the moon symbolizes the time cycle through which creation evolves from the beginning to the end.
Ashes: Shiva smears his body with ashes (bhasma). Ashes represent the final reality that a human being face-the end of all material existence.
Matted hair: His hair is said to be liked molten gold in color or being yellowish-white. A kaparda is a cowrie shell, or a braid of hair in the form of a shell, or more generally, hair that is shaggy or curly.
Blue throat (Nilokantha): Shiva drank the Halahala poison churned up from the Samudra Manthan to eliminate its destructive capacity. Shocked by his act, goddesh Parvati strangled his neck and hence manage to stop it in his neck its self and prevent it from spreading all over the universe supposed to be in Shiva’s stomach. However poison was so potent that it changed the color of his neck to blue.
Damaru: a small drum shaped like an hourglass is known as damaru. This is one of the attributes of Shiva in his famous dancing representation known as Nataraja. A specific hand gesture (mudra) called damaru-hasta is used to hold the drum. This drum is particularly used as an emblem by members of the Kapalika sect.
Nandi: Nandi is the name of the bull that serves as Shiva’s mount (bahan). Bull is his vehicle. This denotes that lord Shiva is the protector of dharma, is an embodiment of dharma or righteousness. Shiva’s association with cattle is reflected in his name Pashupati.
Mount Kailash: Mount Kailash in the Himalayas is his abode. In Hindu mythology, mount Kailash is conceived as resembling a linga, representing the centre of the universe.
Ascetic to householder : He is depicted as both an ascetic yogi and as householder, roles which have been traditionally, mutually exclusive in Hindu society. When depicted as a yogi, he may be shown sitting and meditating. His epithet Mahayogi refers to his association with yoga.As a family man and householder, he has a wife, Parvati and two sons, Ganesha and Kartikey. His epithet Umapati refers to this idea. She is identified with Devi, the divine Mother; Shakti (divine energy) as well as goddesses like Tripura Sundari, Durga, Kamakshi and Meenakshi. The consorts of the Shiva are the source of his creative energy.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MANSAROVAR KAILASH YATRA
Complimentray Darshan of Asthapath and Nandi Parbat
High success rate of Kailash Parikarma
Dedicated Team Of Nepali Trekking Staff and co-operative Tour Guide from Tibet / China side
ENCOUNTERSNEPAL.COM overlooks the accommodation facility at Paryang & Dirapuk. It has its own Fixed Camp at Zhuthupuk.
Note: KAILASH MANASAROVAR YATRA - 2013-2014 Organized by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
• Arrival / departure transfers
• 1 Halfday Sightseeing Tour Of Pashupatinath Temple and Temple Of Sleeping Vishnu
• 3 Nts accommodation at Hotel Shanker (4 Star Property) on Twin Sharing & with all meals
• Kathmandu – Kodari Transfer by Tourist Coach
• In Tibet , 4 – WD Japanese Landcruisers (4 person in 1 Jeep Basis)
• Support Truck to carry luggage , equipment and food items
• Experienced Staff comprising of 1 Nepali Team Leader , 1 Cook experienced in preparing Indian cuisine and Support Staff
• Freshly Cooked Vegetarian Meals ( North / Gujarati & South Indian food)
• English / Hindi Speaking Tibetan Guide
• Best accommodation during the Kailas Yatra
• 1 Complimentary Duffel Bag
• 1 Dawn Jacket on returnable basis
• Yaks & Yak-men for Porterage during Kailash Yatra
• All Permits
• Tibet / China Visa fee
• First aid-kit with Medical Oxygen & Gamow Bag
• Pulse Oxymetre
• 1 Roaming Phone with the Team Leader for communication
• Airfare to Kathmandu
• Travel Insurance
• Evacuation Cost
• Expenses Of personal nature
• Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional Transportation Or Porterage (approx Inrs.500 – 750 per person)
|Day 01 :||Arrival at Kathmandu; Night at Hotel|
|Day 02 :||Darshan Of The Pashupatinath Temple and The Temple Of Sleeping Vishnu|
|Day 03 :||Kathmandu to Nyalam |
|Day 04 :||Acclimatization or Adaptation day at Nyalam|
|Day 05 :||Drive to Saga. 4600 m. (approx. 240km. 6/7 hours.)|
|Day 06 :||Drive to Paryang 4750m. ( approx. 255km. 5/6 hours) |
|Day 07 :||Drive to Chui Gompa via the circumbulation of Lake Manasarovar. Yatris will get an excellent opportunity to bathe on the holy Lake Manasarovar. 4560m. (223km. 22km. 5/6 hours)|
|Day 08 :||Drive to Darchen and proceed to Serlung Monastery. The Group will have Darshan Of Asthapath and Nandi Parbat. Return for o/nt stay at Darchen. 4620m.(approx. 115km. 4/5 hours)|
|Day 09 :||Drive to Sershong , 4860m.(approx. 20km Trek starting point of The Kailash Parikarma. On the first day, Yatris trek upto Dirapuk. ( 13km. 7 hours.) |
|Day 10 :||Trek to Zhuthulpuk.4760m. ( 18km. 9/10 hours) FIXED CAMP|
|Day 11 :||End Kailash Kora and drive to Saga. 4600m.|
|Day 12 :||Early morning drive to Nyalam and to Friendship Bridge where Transportation awaits for the Groups final leg of journey to Kathmandu. 1300m. (approx.123km 7.8 hours)|
|Day 13 :||The day is free until your transfer to the airport. |
Deapture for Kailash-Manasarover 2013-2014 .We put every effort into making your journey smooth and pleasant, however, all Tibet tours are run strictly under Tibet Tourism Authority. We or our agents shall not be responsible for any change or cancellation of programmes due to any unavoidable circumstances such as road blockade, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flights, delayed arrivals, sickness or accidents. Any resulting additional cost must be borne by clients. Therefore, we advise clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents etc. Cancellation insurance is also advised from your home country.For the French nationals, visa processing in the local Chinese Embassy requires at least a week (3 working visa days). In other words, the French nationals shall not be granted express visa despite of the express visa fees. Above airfare and visa fees are subject to change as per airlines and the Chinese Embassy. Tibet tour can closed any time with out notice cause to Chinese Government policy.Above cost is group sharing basis we could organized private trip also .For more details (SIMIKOT-KAILASH)and more program please view(Download PDF file )