Gauri Kund (Kailash Mansarovar)
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While proceeding downwards from Dolma – La (Dolma Pass), a steep descent will lead you to Gauri Kund at 5608 m. Some call it the ‘Lake of compassion’. In the religious book Shiva Purana, this is the setting for the legend of Hindu goddess Parvati and how Ganesh (Parvati’s son) acquired his elephant head while bathing in the emerald waters of the lake. Parvati fashioned an image of Ganesh from the soap suds on her body, breathed life into it and placed it at the entrance of her home to prevent anyone entering.
Lord Shiva happened to return at this point of time and was stopped by Ganesha. Indignant at this affront, an angry Shiva cut off the boy’s head. Parvati was inconsolable and insisted that the boy be brought back to life. Helpless, Shiva took the head of a wandering elephant and placed it on the body. Life was restored and Parvati had her son back.
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Yet another alluring fascination that bears legendary tales and fabulous myths is the Gouri Kund, which is equally revered as that of the Mount Kailash. This water body is described as the lake of compassion in the Shiva Purana, which unfurls the funny but touching story of the elephant headed god.
This lake is popularly called as the Parvati Sarovar since it was here that Goddess Parvati breathed life into the image of Ganesh, which she had created from the soap foam on her body. Legend has it that Ganesha was the janitor of Parvathi’s house and once he stopped Shiva from entering to the house and feeling offended, Shiva beheaded the boy. Pravati was grief-stricken and persisted that the boy be brought back to life and Shiva took the head of an elephant and placed it on the body.
Though difficult to get in, this lake offers the beholder some of the awe inspiring vistas of Himalayas. One would get the beautiful reflection of the Chhota Kailash peak in its surface and it is undeniably awesome and would definitely took the breath of the on looker.