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What is the religious value of the Himalayas? 

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honeybunny27 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 24, 2013 at 6:13 AM via web

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What is the religious value of the Himalayas? 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM (Answer #1)

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The Himalaya Mountain range carries religious significance on many levels.  For Hindus, the mountain range is where Mount Kailash exists, the home of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.  The Himayala Mountain range represents the domestic realm of Shiva and Parvati.  Along these lines, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Amarnath, is formed out of ice during each year and attracts many devotees to the Himalayas.  For the Vaishnavites in Hinduism, the temple of Badrinath is of extreme devotional importance.  Additionally, the Himalayas hold the source of the Ganges River, and thus is the home of Ganga.  For Hindus, the Himalayas is of vital religious value.

Buddhists also place much importance on the Himalaya Mountains.  There are many Buddhist monasteries located in the Himalyas.  The Himalayas are vitally important to the Buddhists, as they represents both the home of and the escape route for the Dalai Lama in escaping the Chinese.  The Buddhist notion of renunciation is emphasized in the Himalayas' geography emphasizing a focal point of unity with the world around the individual and loss of self.  In this, the Himalayas serve as a point of extreme religious value for multiple religions.

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honeybunny27 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM (Answer #2)

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Thank you.

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honeybunny27 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM (Answer #3)

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akannan, this is very informative, thank you very much. if it is possible can you post the link of where you got this information for further reference please. thanks.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted July 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM (Reply #1)

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One link is provided beneath the answer. Most of what akannan wrote about came from his own knowledge and expertise in the topic, expertise that synthesizes years of study, personal research and myriad sources.

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