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Title:Kailash and Manasarovar: Visions of the Infinite
Remarks:Colour Photographs, Map and Index.
Size:225 x 312 mm
Through millennia, Kailash and Manas have influenced and excited the imagination of the peoples of India, Nepal, Tibet and lands far away. Kailash has been identified over time with Meru, the mythical mountain, which was the centre of the universe, the-axis Mandi round which the world revolved.
It is the abode of Shiva, the lord of destruction, who resides there with his consort Parvati. Kang Rinpoche and Tise to Buddhists and lions, the crystal mountain is the abode of Heruka Chakrasamhara who, like Shiva, is adorned by the crescent moon, Rishavadeva, the first tirthankara, has been associated with Kailash by the Jains and many of the figures in Hindu and Buddhist Mythology and History have paid their homage here. Manas one of the tour great mahasovar of mythology, and the only extant one, has had a deep spiritual influence on the minds of people of the region. Hindus and Buddhists have considered Kailash and Manas to be the ultimate pilgrimage.
"Visions of the Infinite" weaves together the different strands of faith and mythology associated with Kailash and Manas and underlines the enormous and multi-faceted influence which the region has wielded on lands and peoples near and far. It recounts the experience and observations of pilgrims and visitors over the centuries and some of the geographical controversies associated with the region.