Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Kailash-Mansarovar Parikrama

Kailash-Mansarovar has existed since time immemorial and rituals and rites have been performed for generations in reverence of Lord Shiva. The rituals form part of the daily life of adherents. It’s believed they help connect to the supreme or divine nature. In temples the Shivling represent Lord Shiva and seen as the symbol of energy and potentiality of God. Many faiths and beliefs have had a history of rites, rituals and other forms of observances to help connect or induce reverence for the Lords, gods and goddesses. Mount Kailash is also significantly revered by other religions the Jains, Budhists and Bonpos.

Parikrama therefore is a spiritual act of devotion and reverence. It’s also called Pradakshina observed with circumlocution of the deity or symbol. Lord Shiva is devotedly worshiped in many Hindu homes everyday as the Lord of dissolution or death.  
The circumlocution of Kailash-Mansarovar is believed to bring cleansing of sins of a lifetime to Yatris (pilgrims).

Parikrama it’s believed creates an invisible link between the believer and the deity. The mantras or chants made in the circumlocution are the source or path to release of these powers from the deity to person as they are done meditatively and slowly. These rituals and rites are also done for the removal of past actions that ensures well-being, prosperity and peace.

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