China Builds Missile Site at Kailash-Mansarovar

  • Amid tensions with India over the standoff in Eastern Ladakh sector, China has reportedly built a surface-to-air missile near a lake, which is a part of the Kailash-Mansarovar.
  • Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, commonly known as the Kailash-Mansarovar site is revered by four religions and is linked to culture and spiritual scriptures in India.
  • While the Hindus consider the site as the abode of Shiva and his consort Parvati,
  • The Tibetan Buddhists call the mountain Kang Rimpoche, the “Precious One of Glacial Snow,” and revere it as the abode of Demchog and his consort, Dorje Phagmo.
  • The Jains call the mountain Astapada and consider it to be the place where the first of their 24 spiritual masters achieved liberation.
  • The Bons, adherents of the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet, term the mountain Tise and revere it the dwelling place of the sky goddess, Sipaimen.
  • The placing of the missile at the sacred site, which is also the origin of four transnational rivers —
    • Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Karnali, a major tributary of the Ganges, menaces India, which has refused to back down against Chinese aggression on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).