Adi Kailash – Lord Shiva’s oldest adobe!

Many think the Om Parvat is in itself the Adi Kailash. That is not the case. Om Parvat is located near Nabhidhang while Adi Kailash is located at different place, near Sin La pass and near Brahma Parvat. As per mythology, Pandavas had stayed here with Sage Vyaasa and meditated for a long period. Even Ravana, a great devote of Shiva, is said to have come from far off Lanka to pray to Lord Shiva here. This Kailash is considered to be the oldest adobe of our Lord Shiva and Parvati.

Adi Kailash area is full of great natural beauty, peace and serenity. Though in a very remote area, the Darshan (view) of Lord Shiva’s abode is well worth the effort it takes to get there. With the roar of urban life receding to the background one finds the healing quietude of this region conducive enough to turn inward and be one’s own listener.

The trek was really treacherous at places especially when you reach Budhi passing Malpa. It was like a test of our endurance. At Malpa we did stop for few minutes to pray for the souls of all those travelers who died while in sleep during the Uttarakhand deluge after a cloud burst.

Pathway

Pathway-2

Primitive bridge over river Kali

Primitive bridge over river Kali

Pathway-1

On way you get darshan of three more holy peaks. The Brahma Parvat, Annapurna Parvat and Naag-Naagin parvat.

Brahma Parvat

Brahma Parvat

Naag & Naagin Parvat. The higher peak is called as the Naag Parvat, the other one on its side is called Naagin Parvat.

Naag & Naagin Parvat. The higher peak is called as the Naag Parvat, the other one on its side is called Naagin Parvat.

Annapurna Parvat

Annapurna Parvat

On way we also got a chance to see Bhojpatra trees. Till the invention of paper, bark of bhoj patra was used for storing information in a written form. Owing to be used in place of paper, it is also called as lekhya patra i.e. leaf for writing. Bhojpatra’s bark is soft, shining and is like a paper. We took one and wrote on it with a ball pen and yes indeed, it felt more smooth than writing on a paper!

Bhojpatra Tree

Bhojpatra Tree

The Bhojpatra tree bark which is used even today for many yantras.

The Bhojpatra tree bark which is used even today for many yantras.

And then we reached the base of the mount and the spectacular profile of Adi Kailash was in front of us. Yes, it did indeed have lot of resemblance to Tibet Kailash!! We were lucky to get the darshan for almost all the time we were there and did our meditations. The guide told us that its not a mountain to give darshan ll the time, most of the time its covered with mist.

Adi Kailash-1

Adi Kailash-2

Nearby is the Parvati Taal, holy lake where one can get to see beautiful reflection of Adi Kailash. Just like Tibet Kailash reflection on Mansarovar!

DSC_1232

Parvati Taal with Adi Kailash peak reflection.

From this place we then took a detour to visit Om Parvat. Its like God itself put down his signature on the mountain peak –  ॐ.

Om Parvat

 

**********************************************

*************************

***********

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “Adi Kailash – Lord Shiva’s oldest adobe!

  1. This is a dangerous path. Very. I’m sure it has its rewards and is beautiful. But too too dangerous. Not that I can say anything. Just my few cents. It’s pristine, and it’s a good thing most humans don’t go through this path, it won’t be littered with trash anytime soon. Love the primitive bridge. What is it made of?

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.