Where is Amarnath Temple
In himalayas ,there is capital jammu kashmir about 125km from srinagar.in the height of 12,730 feet height.
How to Reach Amarnath Temple
devotees generally take the 42 km (26 mi) pilgrimage on foot from the town of Pahalgam, about 96 km (60 mi) from Srinagar, and cover the journey in four to five days.
There are two alternate routes to the temple:
1)The longer and more traditional path from Srinagar, and
2)The shorter route from the town of Baltal. Some devotees, particularly the elderly, also ride on horse-back to make the journey.
Amarnath is regarded as one of principal Hindu Dhams. The holy cave is the residence of the holy trinity, Shiva lord. The guard of the absolute, lord Shiva, the destroyer, is present in the form of ice Lingam in this cave located at a more remote end of the valley of Lidder. This lingam is made naturally of a stalagmite of ice which awakes and weakens with the moon.
A holy cave in the name of lord Shiva at an altitude of 3888 meter, Amarnath cave is an integral part of ancient Hindu mythology. Believed to be 5000 years old.
There is no clear cut information of the discovery of the cave. It is said that the shephered (Gujar) Buta Malik was given a bag full of coal by a saint. When the shepherd opened a bag in his house it was full of gold. The happy shepherd went back to thank the saint but found a cave with a lingam inside it .He announced the discovery of this to the Villagers. Then onwards this has become the sacred place of Pilgrimage.
Another legend says that the valley of Kashmir was under water. It was a big lake. Kashyap Rishi drained the water through number of rivers and rivulets. In those days Bhrigu Rishi came that way on a visit to The Himalyas. He was the first to have Darshans of this Holy Cave. When people heard of the Lingam, Amarnath for them became Shiva’s abode and a Centre of pilgrimage. Since then Lacs of devotees perform the pilgrimage through tough terrain and avail eternal happiness. The trek to Amarnath, in the month of sharavan (July August) has the devout flock to this incredible shrine, where the image of Shiva, in the form of a Lingam, is formed naturally of an Ice Stalagmite, which waxes and wanes with the Moon’s cycle. By its side are fascinating, two more Ice Lingams, that of Maa Parvati and of their
Another legend says that Kashyap a sage drained the lake of Kashmir and found the cave along with the lingam in it.
Hindu mythology says that Lord Shiva was searching for a secret isolated place to tell the “Amar katha” to goddess parvathi so he selected and used this Amarnath cave to tell about the secret of life and eternity to Goddess Parvathi. And as a preparation he left his vehicle Nandi, the bull in Pahalgam (Bhail Gaow), released the moon at Chandanwari, snake at Lake Sheshnag, Lord Ganesh at Mahagunas parvat, five elements of life at Panjitarni. Finally he created Rudra (Kalagni) and ordered him to set afire and eliminate every living thing in and around the holy cave. Then Lord Shiva took Parvathi Goddess inside the cave to tell the amar katha. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus – about 400,000 people visit during the 45-day season around the festival of Shravani Mela in July-August, coinciding with the Hindu holy month of Shravan. The Shivlingam has melted owing to the rise in temperatures. It is a normal phenomenon; weather affects its shape and size”The other ice lingams had not completely melted. Many environmentalists blamed global warming for the The Amarnath caves are one of the most famous shrines in Hinduism, dedicated to the god Shiva, located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The shrine is claimed to be over 5,000 years old and forms an important part of ancient Hindu mythology. Inside the main Amarnath cave lies an ice stalagmite resembling the Shiva Linga, which waxes during May to August and gradually wanes thereafter. This lingam is said to grow and shrink with the phases of the moon, reaching its height during the summer festival. According to Hindu mythology, this is the cave where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort Parvati. There are two lovely ice formations representing Parvati and Shiva’s son, Ganesha.
There is more cool that’s why carry caps,glouses,jarkins,socks etc complusory.we feel un comfortable with less oxygen.with the suggetion of doctor take tablets,halls,vick.torch light,candle,match box are compulsory.
Conditions of climate are not certain. Rain or snowfall may take place at any time or place during the Amarnath Yatra. It is to be particularly noted that abrupt changes in temperature might occur. Sunny weather may turn into rain / snow fall in a short time . The temperature may fall up to -5 degree