We know that the Himalaya range was formed out of the Tethys. We also know that Lord Shiva's abode is said to be the Mount Kailash.

So, where Lord Shiva used to reside before Himalaya was formed?

  • This is not scientific speculation and fine. Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 8:30
  • @Sarvabhouma okay. Then please explain how this question is marked scientific Speculation- is astrology even....
    – user12826
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 10:31
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    @AnuragSingh The question can be explained where Shiva used to reside before the Himalayas formed but yes the first line makes the question problematic. If that is removed, the question is fine. Read answer hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/15645/5212. You are using the broken window logic here. Your question was based on assumption that devatas are the grahas made of helium etc., and is based on the scientific speculation. Hence off-topic. Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 10:59
  • There were no human beings when Himalayas didn't exist. So how is it possible to answer this question? Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 12:56
  • @Sarvabhouma oh so helium is scientific , but collision of plates to emerge as mountain is not scientific. If the first line is removed, then question shall be fine.
    – user12826
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 13:42

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The Kailasa mountain in the material world is only a reflection of the eternal Kailasa where Lord Shiva resides with Parvati, and Their associates. The Bhaktas of Lord Shiva who constantly meditate on Him attain this abode.

The full description of the eternal Kailasa can be found in the Shrimad Bhagavatam 4.6.

Text 9: The abode known as Kailāsa is full of different herbs and vegetables, and it is sanctified by Vedic hymns and mystic yoga practice. Thus the residents of that abode are demigods by birth and have all mystic powers. Besides them there are other human beings, who are known as Kinnaras and Gandharvas and are accompanied by their beautiful wives, who are known as Apsarās, or angels.

Text 10: Kailāsa is full of mountains filled with all kinds of valuable jewels and minerals and surrounded by all varieties of valuable trees and plants. The top of the hill is nicely decorated by various types of deer.

Text 11: There are many waterfalls, and in the mountains there are many beautiful caves in which the very beautiful wives of the mystics are found.

Text 12: On Kailāsa Hill there is always the rhythmical sound of the peacocks’ sweet vibrations and the bees’ humming. Cuckoos are always singing, and other birds whisper amongst themselves.

Text 13: There are tall trees with straight branches that appear to call the sweet birds, and when herds of elephants pass through the hills, it appears that the Kailāsa Hill moves with them. When the waterfalls resound, it appears that Kailāsa Hill does also.

Text 27: The airplanes of the heavenly denizens are bedecked with pearls, gold and many valuable jewels. The heavenly denizens are compared to clouds in the sky decorated with occasional flashes of electric lightning.

Text 28: While traveling, the demigods passed over the forest known as Saugandhika, which is full of varieties of flowers, fruits and desire trees. While passing over the forest, they also saw the regions of Yakṣeśvara.

Purport: Yakṣeśvara is also known as Kuvera, and he is the treasurer of the demigods. In the descriptions of him in Vedic literature, it is stated that he is fabulously rich. It appears from these verses that Kailāsa is situated near the residential quarters of Kuvera. It is also stated here that the forest was full of desire trees. In Brahma-saṁhitā we learn about the desire tree which is found in the spiritual world, especially in Kṛṣṇaloka, the abode of Lord Kṛṣṇa. We learn here that such desire trees are also found in Kailāsa, the residence of Lord Śiva, by the grace of Kṛṣṇa. It thus appears that Kailāsa has a special significance; it is almost like the residence of Lord Kṛṣṇa.

On the northern heights of the Himālayas live Śiva and Pārvatī for ever. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 115, Verse 5).

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