Mansarovar Yatra 2020: Registration, Age Limit, Application Form, Cost Expenditure

By | May 9, 2020

Mansarovar Yatra 2020: Registration, Age Limit, Application Form, Cost Expenditure:

Kailash Mansarovar New Route Map

A New route to Kailash Mansarovar, a pilgrimage destination in the Himalayas, has been completed. It will soon be open to pilgrims. The road connecting the town of Dharchula in Uttarakhand with the Lipulekh Pass is 17,000 feet above sea level.

A road to the 17,000 feet high Lipulekh pass has been completed, the holy Mount Kailash  is located some 97 km north of the pass in Tibet.

In a video conference, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday inaugurated the road that almost goes up till Lipulekh Pass at the India-China border, 17,000 feet above the sea level. It connects the pass to Dharchula, a town in Uttarakahand’s Pithoragarh.

Connectivity of the 80 km of Ghatiabgarh-Lipulekh was achieved by the Border Road Organisation (BRO) on April 17, some trials followed and on Friday morning Defence Minister Rajnath Singh opened the road by video conferencing. Lipulekh pass close to the Tri-junction of  India-China-Nepal, is the lowest point in this section of the high Himalayas.

The Defence Minister says Delighted to inaugurate the Link Road to Mansarovar Yatra today. The BRO achieved road connectivity from Dharchula to Lipulekh (China Border) known as Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra Route.  Also flagged off a convoy of vehicles from Pithoragarh to Gunji through video conferencing.

Lake Manasarovar also called Mapam Yumtso, as well as Manas Sarovar (in Sanskrit and several other Indian languages), is a high altitude freshwater lake fed by the Kailash Glaciers near Mount Kailash in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China. The lake is revered as a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

Lake Manasarovar lies at 4,590 m (15,060 ft) above mean sea level, a relatively high elevation for a large fresh water lake on the mostly saline lake-studded Tibetan Plateau.

In Hinduism:

According to Hinduism, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth.In Hinduism, Lake Manasarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake will go to the abode of Shiva after death. He or she is believed to be cleansed of all their sins committed over even a hundred lifetimes.

Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, Tibet and neighboring countries. Bathing in Manasarovar and drinking its water is believed by Hindus to cleanse all sins.Pilgrimage tours are organized regularly, especially from India, the most famous of which is the yearly “Kailash Manasarovar Yatra”. Pilgrims come to take ceremonial baths in the waters of the lake.

In the Bon religion

The Bon religion is also associated with the holy place of Zhang Zhung Meri sacred deity. When Tonpa Shenrab, the founder of the Bon religion, visited Tibet for the first time – from Tagzig Wolmo Lungring – he bathed in the lake.

In Buddhism

Buddhists associate the lake with the legendary lake Anavatapta (Sanskrit; Pali Anotatta) where Maya is believed to have conceived the Buddha. The lake has a few monasteries on its shores, the most notable of which is the ancient Chiu Monastery built on a steep hill, looking as if it has been carved right out of the rock.

The lake is very popular in Buddhist literature and associated with many teachings and stories. The Buddha, it is reported, stayed and meditated near this lake on several occasions. Lake Manasarovar is also the subject of the meditative Tibetan tradition, “The Jewel of Tibet”. A modern narration and description of the meditation was made popular by Robert Thurman.

In Jainism

In Jainism, Lake Manasarovar is associated with the first Tirthankara, Rishabha. As per Jain scriptures, the first Tirthankar, Bhagwan Rushabhdev, had attained nirvana on the Ashtapad Mountain. The son of Bhagwan Rishabhdev, Chakravati Bharat, had built a palace adorned with gems on the Ashtapad Mountain located in the serene Himalayas. There are many stories related to Ashtapad Maha Tirth like Kumar and Sagar’s sons, Tapas Kher Parna, Ravan and Mandodri Bhakti, among many others.

Lake Manasarovar is relatively round in shape with the circumference of 88 km (54.7 mi). Its depth reaches a maximum depth of 90 m (300 ft) and its surface area is 320 km2 (123.6 sq mi). It is connected to nearby Lake Rakshastal by the natural Ganga Chhu channel. Lake Manasarovar is near the source of the Sutlej, which is the easternmost large tributary of the Indus. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River, and the Ghaghara, an important tributary of the Ganges.

Lake Manasarovar overflows into Lake Rakshastal which is a salt-water endorheic lake. These lakes used to be part of the Sutlej basin and were separated due to tectonic activity.

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