Swami Nithyananda, a self-styled godman who fled from India following rape charges and announced the creation of his own island nation called Kailaasa, is now apparently giving out 3-day visas to his country.
Nithyananda, who is wanted in India for sexual abuse charges, has also issued golden Kailaasa passport and begun operating charter flight services called ‘Garuda’ from Australia to Kailaasa. While the exact location of Kailasa is unknown, it is suspected to be close to Australia. In a video that has gone viral, the godman can be heard saying that Kailaasa will only allow a limited number of visitors who can stay on the island nation for just three days. He can be heard informing that his country has created an e-mail ID which potential visitors can use to apply for a visa to Kailaasa. Nityananda also states that Kailaasa would provide free food and stay to the visitors, but people will only be allowed to meet or see him once during their visit.
Those who are issued a visa will be flown on chartered flights from Australia to Kailaasa. Visitors have to come to Australia on their own cost, but from there Kailaasa will provide them transport, accommodation and food for free. However, the country will allow entry only to those who have been approved by Kailaasa’s prime minister and/or cabinet. Nithyananda has also promised that the visitors will be allowed to visit “param Shiva” during their stay. According to its official website, kailasa.org, Kailasa has been founded by a group of “dispossessed people who lost the right to practice Hinduism authentically in their own countries”. Obviously, only Nityananda’s known devotees who donate generously to his cause are eligible to visit the island nation.
He has also launched a website declaring Kailaasa to be the ‘world’s greatest and purest Hindu nation’. The country has its own flag, passports, emblem, national animal, national bird, national flower and tree, and its three official languages are English, Sanskrit and Tamil. Besides rape, Nithyananda has also been accused of kidnapping and forcibly retaining several girls at his ashram in India. He also is wanted by the French government for allegedly having swindled a devotee to the extent of almost $400,000.