Fugitive godman Nithyananda announces visa, flight service to his island Kailaasa

Please do not ask for more than a 3-day visa. Kailaasa can accommodate anyone only for three days for now, Nithyananda said in a video
Last Updated 18 December 2020, 21:30 IST

Controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda, who fled the country amid allegations of wrongful confinement of children, announced in a recent video that visa and flight services will soon be initiated for his island 'Kailaasa'.

Almost a year ago, reports emerged that he has created a Hindu nation, Kailaasa, with its own flag and political setup, on an island near Ecuador.

In a video of a 'special satsang' posted on his verified Facebook account on December 14, he said, "Today, you can start applying for Kailaasa visa. You have to reach Australia on your own. From Australia, Kailaasa has its own chartered flight services."

“Please do not ask for more than a 3-day visa. Kailaasa can accommodate anyone only for three days for now," he added.

The organisation run by Nithyananda is set to cover the airfare to and from Kailaasa, and also provide free food and accommodation to the travellers during the course of their stay. The video, also posted the website, asks the followers to log in to avail the free e-passport.

In August 2020, he introduced the new currency for his world called ‘Kailashian dollar’, an offering to be given to Lord Ganesh during a puja.

What is Kailaasa?

The official website states that Kailaasa is a “nation without borders created by dispossessed Hindus from around the world who lost the right to practice Hinduism authentically in their own countries”. Some news reports claim that Kailaasa is an actual place, with physical boundaries.

The ‘nation’ has its own flag and passport. Nityananda is the ‘Supreme Pontiff’ of Kailaasa, and one can become a citizen by being a “practising Hindu” or “Hindu who would like to deepen their practice”.

The website also adds that Kailaasa offers a “safe haven to all the world’s practising, aspiring or persecuted Hindus…where they can peacefully live and express their spirituality, arts, and culture free from denigration, interference and violence”.

Interpol issues Blue Corner Notice against Nithyananda

Nithyananda reportedly absconded after a case was registered for wrongful confinement and abduction of three children living in his ashram near Ahmedabad, police said in January 2020.

The details about the Blue Corner Notice were mentioned in the chargesheet filed by the Ahmedabad Rural Police in a local court.

A Blue Corner Notice is issued by the international police cooperation body to collect additional information from its member countries about a person's identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.

Police are now trying to get a Red Corner Notice issued against the godman by the Interpol, a senior police officer said.

(With inputs from agencies, DH Web Desk)

(Published 18 December 2020, 13:06 IST)

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