Mount Kailash is a sacred place that is shrouded in mystery and legend.
It is considered as the holiest place on earth and some even believe that it is the abode of Lord Shiva.
This peak is unconquered and there have been no recorded attempts to climb Mount Kailash due to its near perpendicular wall faces and death-defying weather. Its distinct shape of four sheer faces marking the cardinal points of the compass. The religious significance of the peak is also the main reason for people not attempting to summit it. The Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Indus rivers have their sources in the Kailash range.
Ravana, the King of Lanka wanted to take Mount Kailas to his kingdom. He tried to up Mount Kailas and leave for Lanka but could not lift it. Why a King wanted to take Mount when he had everything in world. It may be because Kailas was a nuclear power plant which Ravana wanted to place in Lanka. After touching radioactive source, Ravana carried nuclear residue which was left in Lake RakshasTaal after he bathed in it. Now it is believed that whoever bathes in radioactive water gets disfigured due to ill effects of radiation.
A single circumambulation of the peak equals one turn of the Wheel of Life and will wipe away the sins of one’s life, twelve circumambulations will purify one’s karma for all past and future lives, enlightenment is attained after 108. Even one khora presents an extremely difficult task since the mountain is difficult to access and in extremely dangerous terrain.