Amarnath Yrata

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 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. Two other ice formations represent Parvati and Shiva's son, Ganesha. Behind the discovery of the Holy Shrine lies an interesting story. Centuries ago Maa Parvati asked Shivji to let her know why and when he started wearing the beads of heads (Mund Mala), to which Bhole Shankar replied, "whenever you are born I add more heads to my bead". Parvati said, "I die again and again, but you are Immortal. Please tell me the reason behind this". "Bhole Shankar replied that for this you will have to listen to the Amar Katha" Shiv agreed to narrate the detailed story to Maa Parvati. He started for a lonely place where no living being could listen to the immortal secret and ultimately chose Amarnath Cave. In the hush-hush, he left his Nandi (the Bull which He used to ride) at Pahalgam. At Chandanwari,he released Moon (Chand) from his hair (Jataon). At the banks of Lake Sheshnag, he released the snakes. He decided to leave his Son Ganesha at Mahagunas Parvat. At Panjtarni, Shivji left the Five Elements behind (Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sky) which give birth to life and of which he is the Lord. After leaving behind all these, Bhole Shankar entered the Holy Amarnath Cave along with Parvati Maa and took his Samadhi. To ensure that no living being is able to hear the Immortal Tale, he created Kalagni and ordered him to spread fire to eliminate every living thing in and around the Holy Cave. After this he started narrating the secret of immortality to Maa Parvati. But as a matter of chance a pair of pigeons overhead the story and became immortal. Many pilgrims report seeing the pair of pigeons at the Holy Shrine even today and are amazed as to how these birds survive in such a cold and high altitude area. Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath Shrine stands at 3,888 m, 46 Km from Pahalgam and 14 Kms from Baltal. Though the original pilgrimages subscribes that the yatra (journey) be undertaken from Srinagar, the more common practice is to begin journey at Chandanwari, and cover the distance to Amarnathji and back in five days. Pahalgam is 96 Kms from Srinagar. Amarnathji is considered to be one of the major Hindu Dhams. The holy cave is the abode of Lord Shiva. The guardian of the absolute, Lord Shiva, the destroyer, is enshrined in the form of an ice-lingam in this cave. This lingam is formed naturally, which is believed to wax and wane with the moon. 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 Shraavana. 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: the longer and more traditional path from Srinagar, and the shorter route from the town of Baltal. Some devotees, particularly the elderly, also ride on horse-back to make the journey. The Central Reserve Police Force, Indian Army and Indian Paramilitary Forces maintain a strong presence in the region due to security concerns.


How To Reach - Amarnath Yrata By Road : Jammu and Srinagar are also connected through road. Buses and Taxies are also available for this part of the journey .These can be hired on daily as well as full tour basis.

How To Reach - Amarnath Yrata By Train : Jammu is the nearest Railway Station . Jammu is winter Capital of Jammu & Kashmir. Jammu is a beautiful city and is also known as "CITY OF TEMPLES". One may visit old temples such as Raghunath Temple , Mahadev Mandir and other temples . It is well connected with all stations of India.The various trains coming to Jammu are listed here below.

How To Reach - Amarnath Yrata By Air : The nearest aerodrome is Srinagar. Srinagar is a beautiful valley having world famous sights to see, such as Dal Lake, Nagina Lake, Shankaracharya Temple, Mughal Gardens and what not. It is the most sought after tourist place. It is also known as "Paradise on earth". Srinagar is summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. There are daily flights to Srinagar from Delhi and Jammu. On some week days flights also pickup passengers from Chandigarh and Amritsar .

Posted By : Vinod Jindal on Dec 15, 2010


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Added By : Gaurab Kr Baruah) Or Sleep(2)=0 Limit 1 # On Jan 03, 2011

From : Jammu

Reach by Road Via Pahalgam:

Jammu to Pahalgam (315 km) - The distance between Jammu to Pahalgam can be covered by Taxi
/Buses. These are available at Tourist Reception Centre, J & K Govt., Raghunath Bazaar
only early in the morning. But one can also come to Srinagar by air and then move to
Pahalgam by road.
Pahalgam -- (16KM) --> Chandanwari -- (3KM) --> Pissu Top -- (9KM) --> Sheshnag --(5KM)
--> Mahagunas Top -- (9KM) --> Panjtarni -- (3KM) --> Sangam -- (3KM) --> Holy Cave

Baltal to Holy Cave:

The journey from Jammu to Baltal is about 400Kms.

Baltal -- (2KM) --> Domail -- (5KM) --> Barari Marg -- (4KM) --> Sangam -- (3KM) --> Holy Cave

By : Gaurab Kr Baruah On Aug 01, 2011 at 07:49 Hrs 

From : pune

Railway & air

By : Gaurab Kr Baruah On May 09, 2011 at 06:05 Hrs 

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Comments (2)

  1. Gaurab Kr Baruah
    Gaurab Kr Baruah

    Amarnath cave is one of the holiest and most beautiful place. Amarnath yatra is famous amongst people from all religion and everyone comes to visit and worship this Goddess and take blessings. I am planning to go to Amarnath yatra during month of July. I think, this is the best time to visit this temple.Powerhouse Museum Sydney

  2. Gaurab Kr Baruah
    Gaurab Kr Baruah

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