Shrikhand Kailash, or the
, in Himachal Pradesh resembles the Shivling. Numerous Lord Shiva devotees undertake the difficult trek to the mountain during the main pilgrimage season (July – August). Atop the mountain there is a small shrine of Lord Shiva. Every year a local committee conducts the trek – this year their period of journey is from July 15, 2012 to July 25, 2012. Srikhand Mahadev Mountain
The Shrikhand Mahadev pilgrimage is usually undertaken to coincide with the Ashada Poornima (full moon day in June or July) as per the Hindu Vikram calendar. It continues till the Purnima of Ashwni month (full moon day of September or October).
Shrikhand Kailash is located at an altitude of 5,155 meters and is believed that God Shiva mediated here. It is also believed that the Pandavas used to visit the peak.
This pilgrimage is surely not for the weak because at times a trekker needs all the skills of an expert mountaineer. But the difficult trek is not keeping Lord Shiva devotees away. Shrikhand peak is getting more and more visitors.
Himachal Pradesh state government organizes a pilgrimage tour during the month of July and August.
Scores of Lord Shiva devotees also accompany the Chhadi yatra – the journey carrying the holy mace – to the temple at Srikhand Mahadev.
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