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Kailas Manasarovar: An Odyssey in Tibet

 
Tarun Vijay (Author)
Synopsis This book is an obeisance to the legendary 22,028 feet high Mount Kailas situated in Western Tibet. Also known as "Navel of the Earth" or Mount Meru as described in the ancient Hindu scriptures, Kailas is highly revered by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Bonpos and many other sects. In Tibet, Kailas is worshipped with great reverence. Tibetan scriptures associate Mount Kailas with the enlightenment of the Budha, yogi Milarepa and Chakrasamvara the great tantrik Guru. The Tibetan names for Mount Kailas are Kang Rimpochhe and Ti-se, meaning the snow clad supreme mountain. To the south of Kailas is lake Manasarovar or Manas with a circumference of 90 kilometers. Parikrama of Manas can be done within two days. In Tibetan language Manas is called Tso Mapham or Tso Mawang. According to an ancient Hindu scripture the Shiva Purana, a pilgrim who has seen Kailas and bathed in the waters of lake Manasarovar acquires absolution for the sins of the past seven generations of his family. The financial express wrote – Tarun Vijay is one of those people who undertook the pilgrimage to Kailas Manasarovar in Western Tibet. In this travelogue, written with verve and rhythm of its own and interesting clarity of mind, he relives for the benefit of his readers, every moment of his memorable journey, he not only brings out various strands of religion and culture but also provides a clear picture of the current socio-economic conditions in Tibet. The cover illustration showing the unique and special reverential place of Mount Kailas in a Tibetan environ has been created by one of the most reputed artists of Japan Mr Nobutsuna Watanabe.
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About the author

Tarun Vijay

Tarun Vijay has emerged as one of the most prolific writers on the Indian nationalism and contemporary polity. He has been in the field of journalism since 1976. Widely travelled, he worked as an activist in the tribal area of Dadra Nagar Haveli for five years before joining Panchjanya where his editorship is completing nineteenth year. Former Prime Minister Vajpayee said about him, ‘Tarunji looks small in physique, but his brilliance and sharp intellect, his logical writings make a deep, very deep impression on the readers.’ He has been quoted extensively in Western papers like the new York Time, Le Monde, Financial Times, BBS, Christian science Monitor and is a regular commentator on Indian and foreign channels on political affairs.

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Title Kailas Manasarovar: An Odyssey in Tibet
Author Tarun Vijay
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Ritwik Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 819005712X
length 128p., Illustrations; Maps; 28cm

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