Kailash Manasarovar Yatra in Hinduism:
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra conducted by the Government of India includes visit to Mount Kailash – the abode of Lord Shiva – and Manasarovar Lake. The Yatra proper at a height of 3500 metres. 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).
Booking and Selection Process for the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012 organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, from May 2012 last week to September 2012 has started.
The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is open to all Indian citizens, above 18 years of age and not attained 70 years, who wish to proceed to Kailash Manasarovar in China for religious purposes. The application forms and other details are available online at the Ministry of External Affairs website. Yatris are selected through a fair computer-generated random gender-balanced selection process. Spouses will be automatically selected (provided he/she has also submitted his/her application for the Yatra) subject to clearing the medical test.
Dates for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012:
In 2012 it is planned to send sixteen batches each consisting of a maximum of 60 pilgrims. The first batch is expected to depart from New Delhi in the last week of May 2012. The Yatra is expected to continue till the end of September 2012. The last batch is expected to depart in end of September 2012.
An applicant should not suffer from medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, epilepsy, etc. He/she is required to submit results of the latest medical tests with application form. Selected applicant is required to undergo and qualify three comprehensive medical examinations.
Cost Structure of the Yatra:
US $ 750/- to be paid to the Chinese side. Rs. 27,000/- (inclusive of Service Tax) to be paid to Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) out of which Rs 5,000/- is a non-refundable deposit Rs. 3,100/- to be paid of medical examination / tests. In case the applicant is required by the medical authorities to undergo a Stress Echo Test, an additional Rs. 2,500/- would be charged for that particular test. Additional amount if further medicals tests are needed.
Route map of the Yatra:
You can find complete details and download the application form and brochure from the official website of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Facility of online application generation is also available till 5th March 2012. Last date of receiving application is 12th March 2012.
Link to Kailash Mansarovar 2012 Yatra PDF Form –
Official Website of Ministry of External Affairs website – http://www.mea.gov.in/
Complete prescribed format of the applications should be sent to:
China Registry (KMY),
Room No. 255-A, South Block,
Ministry of External Affairs,
Jai Bhole Nath … Jai Mahadev