Complete Guide of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra– Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, on which thousands of devotees come, is named after two holy, spiritual and religiously significant sites: Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.
Mt. Kailash which is 6,638 m high, also known by ‘Kailash Parvat’ among Hindus. Hindus believe that the mountain is the home of Lord Shiva and his family which makes it a sacred mountain. Not only Hindus, the mountain has religious significance Buddhist, Jain and Bonpo religions as well.
Buddhists believe that mountain is the home of Buddha Demchok and Bon, a religion in Tibet believe that the mountain is the seat of all spiritual power of the universe. In Jain religion, the site is the nearby place where the first Jain prophet Rishabhadeva get Nirvana, means liberation.
Circumambulating the mountain (parikrama) on foot, an ancient ritual of devotion is still practised by devotees with a faith that it will bring good fortune in his/her life. Hindus and Buddhists believe circumambulating the Mt Kailash in clockwise direction whereas Jain and Bonpo religions followers believe in the anticlockwise direction.
Other major highlight of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is Lake Mansarovar which is the highest freshwater lake in the world and located at the height of 4500 m. Pilgrims believe that drinking water from the lake and taking a dip or bath in the lake will wash away all his/her sins. Let’s read, how can you plan for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Routes
There are three ways to reach Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.
- By Road from India. The Government of India organizes tours to lake Mansarovar. This is a 26 days trek but you need to book your tickets well in advance due to limited seats. About 500 people are randomly selected from 6000 every year.
- By air to Kathmandu and then thereby Road to Lake Mansarovar. Landcruisers are used to reach Mansarovar via Lhasa Mount Kailash.
- 9 & 12-day helicopter tours of Kailash for those who are short of time or cannot take the high altitude road journey. The tour uses fixed-wing aircraft for the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and from there to Simikot.
Kailash Parvat situated at a height of 6714 metre in Tibet which is locally called Kang Rinpoche or The Precious Jewel of the Snow’ and its snow- capped peak against the clear blue sky justifies its name.
Mt. Kailash also known as by the name of Mt. Meru which means navel of the earth. People belives that Mt. Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva where he stays with his family members including his wife Goddess Parvati and children Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya and the other Shiv Ganas (group of Shiva Devotees) like Nandi and others.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Application Procedure
The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, publishes advertisements in all major newspapers (mid-Jan to early-Feb) inviting applications; the advertisement is also available at meaindia.nic.in.
The Yatra batches left Delhi between Jun 1 and Aug 31, and the last Sep 24. Make sure your passports returned on are valid for over six months. Group visas are taken care of.
In 2005, 529 pilgrims went on the yatra, while 71 applicants were held back on medical grounds. In 2004, the respective numbers were 537 and 46.
The number of applicants is much higher but many do not respond when they are invited. The belief, of course, is that you’d be able to go only if Kailashpati Mahadev permits you to approach his abode.
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