What is Culture of Mansarovar?

What is Culture of Mansarovar?

Culture of Mansarovar

The effect of the natural wonder of Mansarovar Lake and its serenity can be witnessed on the culture that people around it lives with. Like the serenity of this lake which is also known as ‘The Jewel of Tibet’, the way people nearby live as, looks like a jewel of life to all the tourists who visit there to take a bath in this holy lake. The snow-capped Mount Kailash towering over the lake also symbolize peace and happiness that can be seen in the life of people who live nearby, as well as those who make a visit there. The culture as well as the majestic view of Lake Mansarovar is such that it captures the imagination of people, both religiously and spiritually. Even though the trip to Kailash Mansarovar includes passage over rough terrains, high altitude problems and climatic disturbances, it does not have its effect on the desire of people who wish to visit this holy place at least once in their lifetime.


As of a part of its culture, visitors can also witness and enjoy Saga Dawa festival during their visit to Kailash Mansarovar. This is a very popular Tibetan festival, celebrated to honor the life of Lord Buddha. In fact, the day of this occasions has been declared as a public holiday in some Buddhist countries. As a common practice people follow during this festival, they remove the old prayer flagpoles and replace them with the new one. This is the reason why tourists can see multi-colored prayer flags hung from the flagpoles during the time this festival is celebrated.

By experiencing Tibetan culture, arts and lifestyle as a part of Saga Dawa festival, you can make memories to be cherished for the rest of your life.

Religious Significance

The tourist place of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar holds different values for different religions, such as Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. Even amongst the followers of Bon religion, which is native to the Tibet, this site holds religious importance.This is reasons why it is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in that region, visited by people of different religions.

Amongst the Hindu followers, it has been believed that Mount Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva. Furthermore, they also believe that water of Lake Mansarovar has the power to purify a person’s soul, and the one who drinks its water or takes a bath in it get all the sins of his lifetime cleansed.

Instead of having a pointed peak like other mountains, Mount Kailash (2nd highest peak in the world) has a curvy peak which is believed to be in the shape of a Shivalinga.

Right in front of Mount Kailash is Nandi Parvat. It is believed to be in the shape of Nandi (Shiva’s vehicle and companion). Nandi Parvat faces toward mount Kailash. People have a belief that wherever Lord Shiva resides, his companion Nandi resides with him.

Followers of Jain religion call Mount Kailash as Meru Parvat or Sumeru. They also believe that the mountain next to Kailash, which is known as Ashtapada, is where their first Tirthankara, Rishabh deva had once attained the state of salvation.

To some Buddhists, Mount Kailash is believed to the home of their Buddha Demchok, and the lake Mansarovar is also known as a religious site to them. You can also find a number of monasteries situated near the lake.

As per the beliefs of the Bon religion, their sacred deity Zhang Zhung Meri lives in the Lake Mansarovar, and is the source of spirituality for their followers.

All this confirms why both Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar are believed to hold truly religious value that attracts tourists from across the globe every year to it.

Languages Spoken

Since Kailash Mansarovar has its roots spread into a number of religions, the pilgrims there speak a wide range of languages, including Tibetan, Zhang Zhung, Hindi and several others too. The impact of multiple languages being spoken there by the people, also have its impact on the culture of that region.

Author : Trip To Temples


Amazing trip

Ajit Garg

I have gone to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra with other three female family members in a conducted tour by Trip to Temple ( batch no-H1824) from 22 Aug 2018 to 1st September 2018. It was really a amazing trip, Lord shiva full filled my life long wish and we have such a nice and memorable yatra. Except ...

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