- Kailash Manasarovar Yatra
Courtesy: V. Shrinivas (Seenu)
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra conducted by the Government of India includes visit to Mount Kailash – the abode of Lord Shiva – and Manasarovar Lake. According to Hindu scriptures, those who take a dip in the Manasarovar and complete the parikrama (circumambulate) around Mount Kailash are absolved of their sins and are liberated from the cycle of birth and death. They are ultimately united with Brahman (symbolically represented by Mount Kailash or Shiva).
The Selection Process for Yatra
The selection of Yatris will be done by Ministry of External Affairs of India through a computer-generated random gender-balanced selection process. Selected persons will
Booking and Selection Process for the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2010 organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, from end of May last week to September 2010 has started. The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is open to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age who wish to proceed to Kailash Manasarovar in China for religious purposes. The last date of receiving applications is Friday, March 16, 2010. Facility of online application generation is also available till March 9, 2010. The application forms and other details are available online at the Ministry of External Affairs website.
You can download the online form here at the official website of Passport office of India (http://passport.gov.in/kmy/). The form must be filled online and a print taken out.
Complete applications in the prescribed format should be sent to:
Under Secretary (China),
China Registry (KMY),
Room No. 255-A,
Ministry of External Affairs,
Last date of receiving application: Tuesday, March 16, 2010.
A High Risk Journey
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Yatra is extremely arduous (more so than the Vaishnodevi / Amarnath routes), involves trekking at high altitudes up to 19,500 feet, under inhospitable conditions including extreme cold and rugged terrain and may prove hazardous for those who are not physically or medically fit. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation has recognized the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra as a trekking expedition. There is a considerable element of risk to life and property.
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