Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Hindu | 1 comment

The famous spiritual pilgrimage of Amarnath shrine is situated inside a cave in the Himalayas.

Amarnath  is sacred place based on mythology is the fact that lord Shiva recounted the secret of creation and immortality towards the Goddess Parvati in this cave.

Amarnath Yatra

Nestled in an altitude of 14,500 feet, the holy cave of Amarnath is be the dwelling of Lord Shiva by means of an ice stalagmite. The Amarnath Yatra usually occur in the months of June and July and countless pilgrims partake in this holy trek. The Yatra is organized through the Jammu & Kashmir government. In 2004, the federal government of Jammu and Kashmir launched Amarnath Yatra helicopter service. Devotees, who would like to undertake this holy trek, have to fill up registration forms from Sri Amarnathji Shrine Board. The registration begins 8 weeks prior to the commencement of actual Yatra.

Shiva is among the holy trinity. Medic myths, ceremonies as well as astronomy bear witness to his existence. But Shiva, the destroyer, the mendicant, is difficult to define.

Amaranth Caves

Amarnath cave is a famous shrine in Hinduism located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It’s dedicated to Shiva. The cave can be found at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft), about 141 km (88 mi) from Srinagar, the main city of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town. The shrine forms a fundamental part of Hinduism, and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism.

Amaranth Caves

Amaranth Caves

The cave is encompassed by snowy mountains. The cave is covered with snow most season except for a short period of time in summer when it’s open for pilgrims.The Tarra (pilgrimage) by walking to Amaranth Cave, thought to be one of the holiest naturally occurring shrines of the Hindu faith, is performed annually past more than a century. Extending up 130 feet, the Amaranth Cave is towering and shallow.

History of the  Amarnath Yatra in Jammu:

There is a myth associated with the Amarnath Yatra. This saga starts with the intention of Lord Shiva to narrate the key of immortality to Goddess Parvati. To do this, he started on his journey to Amarnath as well as on his way left all he’d to ensure that no one listened to the key.

He left his bull referred to as Nandi at Pahalgam. He also released the moon from his hair at Chandanwari. Lord Shiva unconfined his snakes around the banks of the Lake Sheshnag and eventually left his son Ganesh at Mahagunas Parvat. He finally left 5 elements namely earth, air, water, fire and sky at Panjtarni.

After his arrival at Amarnath, Lord Shiva seated himself on the deerskin and took his Samadhi to ensure that no one could hear his secret. He created Rudra and Kalagni who’d eliminate all traces of life in the vicinity of the cave.

But an egg escaped his eye and remained under his deerskin. A set of pigeons emerged from that egg which is said that those two pigeons became immortal simply because they heard the tale of immortality.

Additionally there is another legend related to the Amarnath Yatra. Based on this tale a shepherd through the name Buta Malik found this holy cave. A saint presented him a sack filled with coal which he gladly accepted.

But, after reaching home he discovered that the bag full of coal had changed into gold. This was an amazing incident and also the place where Buta Malik found the saint was nowhere but Amarnath Cave.

A Lina Of Ice
Inside the large opening, behind an open-gated iron fence, an underground trickle water comes out 10 feet up from the small crevice in the sedimentary rock and solidifies its drops to create an even cone of ice.

Legends of Amaranth

Kashmir – An old Shiite Centre
According to the myth, Shiva made the Gods immortal by providing them with the celestial nectar, and resided here upon their appeal. This blessing of immortality gave this the name Amaranth.

Tales From the Cave Discovery

Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath Yatra

Legend has it that Lord Shiva narrated to Goddess Parfait the key about how world is created inside a cave in Amaranth. They did not realize that a pair of mating doves having heard this conversation and achieving learned the secret, are reborn over and over, and have made the cave their everlasting abode. Many pilgrims state seeing the doves pair once they trek the grueling path to pay their respect prior to the ice-ling am.

According to a very old tale, there is once a Muslim Shepherd named Bu ta Milk who had been given a bag of coal with a Sadhu (saint). Upon reaching home he discovered that that the sack, in fact, contained Gold. Overjoyed, Bu ta Milk rushed to look for Sadhu to thank him. But at that moment of their meeting discovered a cave, and eventually this became a place of pilgrimage for those followers. To date, a percentage from the donations made by pilgrims are given towards the descendants of Milk, and also the remaining to trust which handles the shrine.

Yet, another legend has it that whenever Catchup Rush exhausted the Kashmir valley water the cave and ling am put together out by Brackish Rush who had been going to the Himalayas. When people heard of ling am Amaranth on their behalf it became Shiva’s home along with a hub of pilgrimage.