Mt. Kailash (or Gang Rinpoche, the Precious Mountain to Tibetans) and is associated Lake Manasarovar could be considered the most sacred place on earth. It is regarded as the center of the cosmos by Buddhists throughout Asia and as abode of Lord Shiva by Hindus.
The dome shaped mountain stands solitary among the hills of western Tibet and from its surroundings area flow four of the great rivers of South Asia. This geographical and spiritual axis-mundi overlooks a plateau including the two large lakes of Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal representing the forces of light and darkness respectively.
Although close beside each other these lakes are opposite in character – Manasarovar is smooth, bright and associated with goodness while Rakshas Tal is dark and often weirdly stormy as an unpredictable contrast to the area's purity. Nowhere else do the geographical manifestations so powerfully evoke the spiritual forces of life.
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