In olden times it was said that Mahadev lived on Kailash mountain, which was difficult to climb thousands of years ago. But in modern times, people are able to climb mount Kailash and no traces of Mahadev is found. Also no trace of Lord Shiva is found through Satellite images.

  • Did the Lord vacate this place? If yes, where is He now?

  • Does lord Mahadev really live on Mount Kailash even today?


Lord Mahadeva does really exist. He stays on Mount Kailash, which is currently present in Tibet. But for a normal human eye, Mount Kailash looks like just normal mountain.

The people well versed in Yoga can see divine Mount Kailash with Lord Mahadeva at that place. Just like how Parameswara always stays at Kasi, He also stays in human form as Rudra or Shankara on his abode at Mount Kailasa.

Skanda says one can see Divine abode (of Kaasi) with help of Yoga or meditation in Chapter 182 of Matsya Purana.

भूलोक नैव संयुक्तमन्तरिक्षे शिवालयम्। अयुक्तास्तु न पश्यन्ति युक्ताः पश्यन्ति चेतसा।।७॥

There the abode of Šiva (Šivālaya) is situated in the space. It is not connected with the earth. Unworthy people, void of Yoga are not able to see that abode; but the Yogins can realize it by their knowledge.

Just like Kasi, one can see Mount Kailash and Lord Shiva with help of Yoga. Not only Kasi and Kailasa, people well versed in Yogic techniques can see other subtle worlds or dimensions.

Sri M, a modern Yogi from Madanapalle, saw Lord Shiva at Mount Kailasa when sitting in meditation during Kailasa Manasa Sarovar Yatra. He mentioned his experience in his book Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master.

On the second day of the parikrama, having traversed the Dolmo La pass, which is 18,500 feet above sea level, we reached the camping site at around 8 pm. We were tired and exhausted, for, the oxygen levels were very low, and we had walked twenty-two kilometres that day over a really difficult tract.

After settling down in my tent, I instructed our friends not to disturb me after dinner. Many of us suffered from nasal bleeding. I wiped my nose clean, emptied my bladder near the rocks, and zipping close the flap of the tent, sat in padmasana, my attention fixed on the Ajna chakra. Blood rushed to my head and a streak of lightning shot up my spine, and within seconds, I was out of my body clothed in a blissful silvery sheath.

This new luminous I, passed swiftly through several planes where glorious beings dwelt, and reached the wondrous realm that glowed with a silvery blue soothing light. Two large blue cobras guarded the patio of a white crystal palace. They swung their hoods nodding to me to enter. In the central hall, on a raised crimson couch was Mahadev, the Great Being, manifested as the Luminous Void, changing every now and then into the resplendent form of Shiv Bholenath with the crescent moon on his head and a black cobra around his neck, his body snow white, and his third eye looking like a blue pearl.

So, Lord Mahadeva really exists at Mount Kailsh and we just can't simply see Him with normal eyes.

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    Perfect answer.Its correct that we need deep devotion and tapasya towards our Ishta Deivata to experience and to see him. Nov 5 '16 at 13:03
  • You believe in scientists done say there are 3 dimensions in this world done say there are 4 But we can see only 3 done say they'd are add many as 10 things we can't see doesn't exists ?
    – Mirg Nitin
    Jul 4 '17 at 8:21
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    @MirgNitin As per Puranas, we have 64 dimensions. Yes. I think through Yoga we can see other dimensions and Mahadeva might be existing in other dimensions and we are just seeing a Mountain with normal eyes. But one can feel divine presence around the mountain and we can know that through experiences of Kailash devotees.
    – The Destroyer
    Jul 4 '17 at 8:27
  • "Lord Mahadeva does really exist" there is no proof for this statement. If you have it please show it.
    – Wikash_
    Apr 20 '19 at 5:27
  • @Wikash_hindu You should be able to experience him.That is only direct proof. I have quoted Sastra Pramana and also experience of a Yogi. What else do you need?
    – The Destroyer
    Apr 20 '19 at 5:54

It needs extreme ascetic power to behold Mahadeva sitting in Kailash by directly going there. Even the diverse class of Munis, Gods, and Siddhas can't do that then what to say of present day Humans. The Mahabharata tells that only the most exalted of the beings Nara-Narayana can behold him sitting there. Here is how Garuda describes Kailash in this chapter of Udyoga Parva of Mahabharata:

"Garuda said, 'O Brahmanas, since this quarter saveth from sin, and since one attaineth to salvation here, it is for this saying (Uttarana) power that it is called the north (uttara). And, O Galava, because the abode of all the treasures of the north stretches in a line towards the east and the west, therefore is the north sometimes called the central region (madhyama). And, O bull among the twice-born, in this region that is superior to all, none can live that is unamiable, or of unbridled passions, or unrighteous. Hither, in the asylum, known by the name of Vadari, eternally dwell Krishna who is Narayana's self, and Jishnu that most exalted, of all male beings, and Brahman (the Creator). Hither, on the breast of Himavat always dwelleth Maheswara endued with the effulgence of the fire that blazeth up at the end of the Yuga. As Purusha, he sporteth here with Prakriti (the universal mother). Except by Nara and Narayana, he is incapable of being seen by the diverse classes of Munis, the gods with Vasava at their head, the Gandharvas, the Yakshas, and the Siddhas. Though invested with Maya, him the eternal Vishnu alone, of a thousand heads and thousand legs, can behold. It was in this region that Chandramas (the moon) was installed into the sovereignty of the entire regenerate order. It was in this region, O thou foremost of all acquainted with Brahma, that Mahadeva first receiving her on his head, afterwards let (the sacred stream) Ganga fall from the heavens to the world of men. It was here that the Goddess (Uma) underwent her ascetic austerities from her desire of obtaining Maheswara (as her Lord). It was in this region that Kama, the wrath (of Siva), Himavat, and Uma, all together shone brilliantly.

So, it is not possible that one would simply go to Kailash and behold Mahadeva there. However Lord Shiva may himself show him if one goes devotionally.

  • "Even the diverse class of Munis, Gods, " well the gods can talk to Shiva according to scripture so...
    – Wikash_
    Apr 20 '19 at 15:43

According to the LokAyata Darshana, which basically belongs to of the 'Charvaka Branch' of the Indian Philosophy,

इहलोकात्परो नान्यः स्वर्गोऽस्ति नरको न च । शिवलोकादयो मूढै. कल्प्यन्तेऽन्यैः प्रतारकैः ॥

ihalokAtparo nAnya svargo'sti narako na cha/shivalokAdayo mudaih kalpyante_anyaih prAtarakaih// Meaning: There is no heaven or hell except this world. The Abodes of Lord Shiva etc are imagined by ignorants and deceivers. — Sarvasiddhanta Samgraha [Lokayata, 8]

I personally do not believe in the LokAyata Philosophy, but strongly feel that it is also a part of the Indian Philosophy. In fact it is taught in different Indian Universities as a part of the Indian Philosophy. Hinduism is inclusive enough to accept all types of opinions.

So I am placing this opinion of the Lokayatas which was in fact used by another user (Sagar Panchal) and the answer got deleted.

I felt that this opinion should also remain as this also answers the question in its own way.

  • I think Charvaka is not part of Hinduism as it rejects Vedas.
    – The Destroyer
    Apr 23 '19 at 9:28
  • @TheDestroyer I differ.Because 1.Charvaka Philosophy has some views on the Vedas as had Buddha and Mahavira.If we can quote their views or even the Westerners' views on the Vedas, why not of the Charvakas? 2.The sacred knowledge of the Vedas was to be taught by guru-parampara and proper initiation.None else was allowed even to listen to the mantras.Now everybody including the foreigners are translating it and are being quoted.I accept Vedas but do not follow their instructions--is it obeying the Vedas? The Charvakas I think are far less hypocrite than many. .
    – user17294
    Apr 23 '19 at 11:50
  • @TheDestroyer So I see no problem in stating their views on the Vedas on a site on hinduism. Thanks.
    – user17294
    Apr 23 '19 at 11:51
  • Beautiful answer. Finally someone who gets it.
    – Wikash_
    Apr 23 '19 at 20:07

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