New Delhi, August 31 : Congress president Rahul Gandhi today left the national capital to undertake the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in accordance with a wish he expressed in April.
The pilgrimage, aimed at seeking the blessing of Lord Shiva for prosperity and success of the country and its people, will take about 12 days, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
UPA Chief Sonia Gandhi was also present at his residence before Rahul left from his home.
ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय।
ॐ शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति: ॥ pic.twitter.com/hSSLfdwDjq
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 31, 2018
When BJP raised why Rahul Gandhi is opting for China route for mansarovar Yatra,Congress leader Randeep Surjewala asked, ” Why is the BJP and PM Modi so perturbed by Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Kailash Mansarovar? Do they not know where Kailash Mansarovar is? Do they not know that Kailash Mansarovar is in the autonomous region of Tibet, China?.”
He did not disclose the route map due to security reasons.
“Shiv bhakt Congress president Rahul Gandhi has left for undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, where he will take the ‘parikarma’ of Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, and of Mansarovar lake. The yatra will take around 12 to 15 days, but the exact route cannot be disclosed due to security reasons,” he said.
The Congress leader also accused the BJP of trying to create “hurdles” in the yatra.
The arduous pilgrimage to Mt Kailash, which is considered the abode of Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology and is in the Tibetan Himalayas, is organised every year between June and September.
On April 26, the plane carrying Gandhi and some others from Delhi to Hubballi airport in Karnataka developed a technical problem and tilted heavily on the left side. The plane dipped steeply with violent shuddering, but soon recovered and landed safely.
Three days later, on April 29, Gandhi announced during a rally here that he wanted to undertake the pilgrimage.
The Congress President had expressed his desire to visit the shrine at the party’s ‘Jan Aakrosh Rally’ at Ramleela maidan on April 29.
After returning from Kailash-Mansarovar, Gandhi is expected to leave to Madhya Pradesh to launch the Congress campaign for polls in the state due later this year.