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Kumbha Mela and the Reestablishment of India's Truth and Power in the World ⁓ Part 6

As I was writing Part Five of this series, discussing the various ways the Kumbha (a.k.a. Kalasha) is celebrated in India other than the Kumbha Mela, I found it intriguing that one of the holiest of holy mountains in the Himalayas is called Mt. Kailash. Mt. Kailash (also spelled Kailasa) is a sacred mountain in western Tibet that is considered to be “Shiva's abode and the traditional source of the Ganges and Brahmaputra; the earthly manifestation of the 'world pillar’, Mount Meru”. [Rough Guide to India] As far as I can tell, there is not a recognized connection between the name of the much-venerated holy mountain Kailasa (Kailash) and the water pot Kalasha (Kalash); but considering the ancient tradition of placing an upside-down (poured-out) kalasha upon the shikhara (mountain peak) or upon the towering gopuram (gates) of Hindu Temples, it is not far-fetched to imagine that there is an etymological connection between these two very similar words. Mt. Kailash is known to be t…

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Kumbha Mela and the Reestablishment of India's Truth and Power in the World ⁓ Part 5