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Mount Kailash is the holy mountain for the Tibetan Buddhists and Indian Hindus. The Tibetans call it as Kang Rinpoche, believe that it is the throne of Buddha Shakyamuni and that the pilgrimage route, which covers a distance of fifty-four kilometres around the mountain, is meant to cleanse the sins of one’s life. They believe circumambulating the mountain 108 times is the way to Nirvana. While the Hindus travel all the way from India, believing that Kailash is the earthly embodiment of the most sacred, mythical Mount Meru, and that on a throne at its summit sits the God Shiva, along with his wife, Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya.

Kailash, Tibet, 2005

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