Yam Dwar Kailash Mansarovar yatra is a gateway to the inception of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra into the blissfulness of all that exists. The Shivas abode represents emptiness and completeness. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is an oxymoron essence of ‘All that is.’ The vast air that breathes devotee’s devotion blesses the heart of every being with the calmness of one of its kind. The starting point of Kailash Mansarovar yatra is Yam Dwar. Yam, the God of death said to guard Kailash Mansarovar as an act of respect towards Lord Shiva.

Yam Dwar Associated With Heaven And Souls

Dwar means gate or door. The literal translation is ‘’the Gateway of the God of death’’. It sounds freaky to those who have heard the doorway; Yam Dwar for the first time. Simplifying, Yam Dwar is associated with Heaven and Souls. Yam Dwar is known as ‘Tarboche’ and ‘Chorten Kang Nagyi‘by the Tibetans. People also call the ‘portal of death’ to Yam, the God of death, as anyone who decides to stay a night at Yam Dwar is never found. Archeologists are still to figure out the age of Yam Dwar and who built it. Who is Yama and how did he become lord of death? In the Vedas.

Vishva Means Universe And Karman Means Creating

It is said that Yama was the first mortal to have died. Yama was the son of Surya Dev and the daughter of Vishwakarma. Vishwakarma is considered to be the engineer of the universe before the existence of time. Vishva means universe and Karman means Creating. Augmenting, Yama is known as a cheerful king in the Vedas and not a death bringer to be feared off. Yama is the ruler of the departed souls and smoothly takes the soul to the dimensions unknown to us.

A Dwar To Pass Through A Purification Process

Yama is also associated with adjectives like Dharam Raja (King of Justice) Preta Raja (King of Ghost). Also, a few names are Mrytu, Antaka, or Kala. Yama’s main job is to link the mortal souls that are in the process of departing from the earthly plane to the world from where humans came on earth in order to learn karmic lessons. Yam Dwar is that door, a Dwar to pass through a purification process in order to commence the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Furthermore, post the competition of Kailash parikrama the devotee passes through the Yama Dwar again before heading back to Darchen.

Maintainer To Keep The Harmony Of Life And Death

Yama lives in Kalichi which is believed to be located somewhere beneath the earth. Yama hence also signifies our inner world or the mask that humans wear. Over and above, Yama is also called ‘’Dharma’’ the ‘Cosmic Order’ maintainer to keep the harmony of life and death. Yama is the justice keeper, empathic and compassionate. Yes, Yama inflicts punishment on those souls who call for it.

The First Very Step To Be Taken

Yam Dwar is at an elevation of 15500 ft above sea level. It takes a 15 km journey from Darchen which is the first point of meeting and assimilation point of all Yatris. From Darchen devotees proceed to pass through Yam Dwar. Darchen to Yam Dwar is taken through an eco-friendly bus. As Yam Dwar is a gateway to the inception of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, it is the first very step to be taken. A devotee can leave all their belongings that they might not need for Parikrama at Yam Dwar location only. Tibetans call Kailash Demchok.

The Festival Of Saga Dawa

The Tibetans believe their deity Demchok got enlightened on mount Kailash. They leave flags as a symbol of respect. Every year during the festival of Saga Dawa Tibetans arrange new flags in a symbolic sequenced manner. The sequence is blue, white, red, green, and yellow. Blue represents the sky, white associated with air; red signifies the fire and the yellow grounds to earth.

The Circumambulation Of Mount Kailash

The Parikrama as in the circumambulation of Mount Kailash begins from passing through Yam Dwar. A fact to note is that Hindus initiate their parikrama clockwise while Buddhists do it anti-clockwise. As shared afore, it takes 15 km from Dirapuk to reach Yam Dwar a devotee can opt for moving ahead on Yak or foot which will take 5 hours instead of 30 minutes via bus. If a devotee wants to hire a porter, a porter will carry up to 5 kg knapsack. The pony man will ride one person only. Hiring them has two benefits. You will extend your livelihood to the locals and make your parikrama easier.

The Devotees Who Feel Extremely Charged Up During Parikrama

The journey from Dirapuk to Situlphuk is hard along with the pass-through at Dolma pass. Most of the devotees who feel extremely charged up to do the parikrama without a pony or a porter give up at Dirapuk and head down to Darchen and wait. We at Aradhya Tours highly recommend being a little easily of yourself. Yam Dwar is a beginning to an end goal gaining a feel of incorporeal bliss to lifeblood awakenings. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is the completion of the anointment of Divine’s smudge. Connect with Aradhya Tours .