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, village, E central Maharashtra state, India. Extending more than 1 mi (1.6 km) on a hill are 34 rock and cave temples (5th–13th cent.), most of them Hindu but some Buddhist and Jain.
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With anticipation of the homecoming of the deity next year, married women decked in the ritualistic red-and-white saris marked the event with the customary Sindoor Khela or smearing each other and the idols with red vermilion to prepare deity Durga and her four children - Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartik - for their return to their heavenly abode on Mount Kailash.
The next morning, Mount Kailash finally showed its face to us through a veil of diminishing clouds.
But more importantly, a visitor, who has to earlier trek for 12 days ( out of 22 days) to reach Mount Kailash, now the trekking duration has been reduced to just two- anda- half days,"says the official.
Gurudev, as the poet was called, was second only to Guru Nanak, who visited Iraq, Mecca and Mount Kailash, among others, five centuries ago.
I am very excited to reach as soon as possible and take holy circles of Mount Kailash.
One autumn, I was off to my photo-circumambulation around Mount Kailash, with my large custom-made camera, its total weight over three hundred pounds.
He was the first to geologically study Tibet's sacred Mount Kailash, disguised as a Buddhist pilgrim.
Both the Brahmaputra and Indus rivers have their origins in a lake in western Tibet near Mount Kailash.
The only other place I know where such a wonder of geography occurs is in Tibet, where from the base of Mount Kailash arise three of the great rivers of Asia, the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra, vital arteries that bring life to more than a billion people downstream.
Personally, I find the serenity of Gangotri and Mount Kailash, for example, both inspiring and calming.
Her Be Yaks: Travels in Far West Tibet is a travelogue chronicling a group of ordinary people who embarked upon an extraordinary journey to Tibet's Mount Kailash, a peak revered by four faiths.