THE FIRST DARSHAN OF THE LORD
At the sight of the Gurla Mandata peaks we were very much excited and were waiting for that moment when we will have the first darshan of the Lord.
Within some minutes the driver stopped the vehicle at a place called Tokchen and told here is Kailash. We had the wonderful darshan of the Lord. There was no cloud cover and the view was breathtaking. We had the view of the south and east faces of the Lord we were mesmerized by the view.
The first darshan of the Lord
See how perpetual snow covered Holy Kailash peak Lords over the sorrounding mountain ranges as if the Lord and Mother are sitting on their majestic throne and saving their children
Everybody was in an excited state at the darshan of the Lord. We prostrated and prayed to the Lord in their own way. The purpose for which everyone undertook the yatra got fulfilled that day. Time stoos still and we assimilated the fine darshan that the compassionate Lord Shiva gave that day.
Offering prayers to the Lord
During the 2012 yatra we saw that a building was shaping at Tokchen in 2014 a glass panelled majestic building was there, but there were also many changes at this place which seves as the entry point for Manasarovar and Kailash.
The excellent darshan of Lord shiva
The main change we noticed here is both the Manasarovar and Kailash region is fully now in the control of the army. All along the way there were checkposts here at Tokchen we were asked to leave the bus in which we were travelling and were transferred to a luxury bus of the Tibet Govt.
The majestic building at Tokchen and the luxury bus
The building serves as a resting point and also as a museum of sorts in which one can learn many things about Kailash and Manasarovar. Particularly one panel depicting both RakshasTal and Manasrovar and the routes of Outer Parikrama, Inner Parikrama and Nandi Parikrama was very informative. It also containes an emergency no which one can contact for any assistance. Ambulances and military vehicles are ubiquitous all along the route. These are all improvements but the control is also there.
After the prayer and some rest we started our parikrama of Manasrovar by the luxury bus of the Tibet Govt. at the entry point all our luggage were scanned by X-ray machine.
The building on the shores of Manasarovar
The interior of the building
the panel detailing the details of Kailash and the twin lakes
Rest before the start of parikrama
The luxury buses
Thus the first darshan of the Lord was fantastic please wait to know how the remaining parts of the yatra unfolded.
The Holy yatra continues . . . . . . . . .