Shiv Ling Darshan
The mountain itself is shaped like a Shiva Lingam. At the base of the mountain, is the famous Lake Manasarovar, considered to be the Yoni, the feminine base for the lingam. Lake Mansarovar is the highest body of fresh water in the world. It is emerald green/turquoise in color, round in shape, and its waters are completely still, as its name implies. “Manasa -rovar” means mind – lake. May our mind be as still as this lake. The vedic puranas tell stories of the sacred waters that flow down from the matted locks of Shiva’s hair, and turn into healing rivers. This is not far from true reality, because geologists say that the four largest rivers in Asia, begin at the base of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover.

Hindus believe that Lord Shiva, along with his consort Goddess Parvati, live in Mt. Kailash together, in eternal bliss. Unlike Lord Brahma or Vishnu, who reside in the heavens, Shiva and Parvati make their home, at the juncture of heaven and Earth, in the rooftop of the world, the summit of Mt. Kailash.