“There is no place more powerful for practice, more blessed, or more marvelous than this; may all pilgrims and practitioners be welcome!”
Mount Kailash (6,714 m) is a peak in Tibet, in the Gangdise Mountains, which is part of the Himalayas.
The word Kailasa means “crystal” in Sanskrit.
In Tibetan, Kailas is called Kang Rinpoche, or the “Precious jewel of snows”. The Bon call it Yung-drung Gu-tzeg which means “Nine story swastika”, because there is a swastika symbol can be seen on the south face of the mountain.
Kailash is considered as a sacred place in four religions of the region - Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Bon.
Mount Kailash is symbolically viewed as the earthly manifestation of Mount Sumeru or Meru, as it is also known. Sumeru is considered the actual focus - the absolute central point - of the mandala of the universe. Some think that the name Sumeru is a reference to the ancient kingdom of Sumer that laid far to the west in Mesopotamia - maybe human race’s first city.
The cosmologies and origin myths of Asian religions speak of Kailash as the mythical Mount Meru, the Axis Mundi, the center and birth place of the entire world.
There have been no recorded attempts to climb Mount Kailash; it is considered off limits to climbers in deference to Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. It is not clear whether this has ever been done.
Buddhists believe that Milarepa is the only human being to have stood on its peak.