KAILASH YATRA – BHADARWAH
1st September, 2015 onwards
Abode of the mythological serpent God, Lord Vasukinag Ji, the sacred Kailash Kund, located at 13067 ft above sea level in Bhadarwah, Doda District of Jammu Division, is an enchanting crater lake which remains frozen for a greater part of the year.
Every year during the month of August/September the scenic environs of this hallowed lake come alive to the chants of thousands of devotees who undertake an arduous trek to take a Holy dip in the lake during the annual Kailash Kund Yatra. Believed to be as sacred as Mansarovar Lake in Tibet ,a dip in the ice-cold waters of Kailash Kund is believed to wash away sins and make wishes come true. Legend has it that the lake is also visited by Lord Shiva who described it to Mata Parvati as one of the most important pilgrimages of Northern India in the ‘Vasuki Puran’. The yatris, while taking the Holy dip also worship the Lake, Lord Shiva and Lord Vasukinag Ji.
The base camp for the yatra is the beautiful town of Bhadarwah cradled in a magnificent bowl-shaped valley. Blessed with mesmerising natural beauty, Bhadarwah, a veritable paradise, is also aptly known as” Chhota Kashmir”.
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