The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is one of the popular and holiest pilgrimages in Hinduism. Kailash is considered as the abode of Lord Shiva. Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012 is organized by the Ministry of External Affairs from May 29, 2012 to September 26, 2012 in 16 batches. Kailash yatra is open to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age who wish to proceed to Kailash Manasarovar for religious purposes. Duration of the yatra will be 26 days. In addition, Yatris will need to spend 4 days in New Delhi to obtain visas, undergo a comprehensive medical examination and complete financial formalities.
For Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012, a new route is being proposed by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Due to this new route, pilgrims will not only be able to visit ancient temples of Someswar and Baijnath Kosi Garur. But, they will, however, be able to perform puja at Jageswar Dham which was not part of earlier yatras.
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is known for its religious value, cultural significance, physical beauty and thrilling nature. It is undertaken by hundreds of people every year. Holding significance for the Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, it holds religious importance also for the Jains and the Buddhists.
The Yatra is open to eligible Indian citizens, aged at least 18 years and below 70 years as on 1 January 2012, who wish to proceed to Kailash-Manasarovar for religious purposes.
The Yatra is organized by the Ministry of External Affairs every year. In 2012, the Yatra is planned to be arranged from 29 May to 26 September in 16 batches. The duration of the Yatra proper for each batch will be 27 days.
Given the extremely arduous nature of the Yatra, only those who are physically fit and healthy should apply to undertake the Yatra, purely at their own volition, cost, risk and consequences.
The selection of Yatris will be done by the Ministry of External Affairs through a fair computer-generated random gender-balanced selection process.
The selected applicants will qualify for the Yatra after passing two sets of specific medical examinations at the Delhi Heart & Lung Institute and the ITBP Base Hospital, New Delhi, before the Yatra proper; and the third set of medical test at Gunji after 5 days into the Yatra proper.
HOW TO APPLY FOR KAILASH MANASAROVAR YATRA 2012
Application Form, Declaration and detailed instructions to file applications are available at the following website:
Deadline for filing online applications: 5 March 2012
Deadline for filing paper applications: 12 March 2012
Fees are to be paid after selection.
In 2012, it is planned to send sixteen batches, each consisting of a maximum of 60 pilgrims.
WEB LINKS FOR INFORMATION ON YATRA
For detailed information on the Yatra, applicants may browse the MEA website (http://mea.gov.in/mystart.php?id=5203), which hosts the following documents:
- Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012: Guide Book for Yatris
- Online application form
- Printable application form
- Indemnity Bond
- Consent Form
Applicants may like to browse the following link for KMY-2012:
Applicants may also like to browse the KMY account on the Facebook:
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012: Guide Book for Yatris can also be accessed at the following web links: Hindi: http://issuu.com/indiandiplomacy/docs/kailash_mansarovar_yatra_hindi
Advertisement of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012 in Hindi http://mea.gov.in/staticfile/kailash/kmy201201.pdf
You can get more information and details about Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012 from the official website of the Government of India. You can also obtain or download registration or application forms in this website.