Amarnath caves hold Hindu beliefs in Lord Shiva from 5000 years. It is 40 m (130 ft) high and 90 ft long cave in Himalayan glacial valley. Ice incrustation hererepresents Shiva in the form of Shivlinga. The shape and size of it changes with phases of the moon.
Geographically, the Holy Amarnath Cave is positioned in a narrow gauge at the farthest side of Lidder valley. It is elevated at a height of 3,888 meters above sea level and is located about 141 km East of Srinagar, and, merely 46km away from Pahalgam.
Known as the pious cave associated with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Holy Amarnath cave is the most stunning location spreading heavenly bliss. As per the legends are to be believed, Goddess Parvati once asked about the skull bead garland, answering to her inquisition Lord Shiva told, whenever Pravati came back to new life he increase a bead in the chain. Then, Parvati said, I died and my body was destroyed every time but my Lord you remain immortal. What is the secrete of this? Shankarji smiled and answered that is due to Amar Katha.” She requested to narrate the story to her too.
Shivji chose this cave to narrate Amar Katha to Goddess Parvati as it was in lonely area. As he moved towards the cave, Lord Shiva left Nandi at Pahalgam, his moon at Chandanwadi, his snakes at the bank of Lake Sheshnaag, his son Lord Ganesha at Mahagun Parvat and five elements (air, water, fire, earth and sky) at Panjtarini. In the wake of narrating it, he spread the deer skin asan, ignited Kalagni and destroyed everything living around the cave with it; so that no one can hear the story. But, as the luck would have it, an egg beneath the asan was protected by Shiva-Parvati in disguise. It heard the story of immortality then. The pair of pigeons born from it became immortal. From there on, Lord Shiva has started residing there in the form of an ice Shiva Lingam.
There are couple of stories considering the discovery of Amarnath cave which have been mentioned already in Puranas. According to a legend, in the Kal Yuga, this cave was rediscovered by a shepherd named Buta Malik in 15th century. As the story describes, once Buta Malik met a saint, who gave him a pot full of coal. On returning home, he discovered that the coal transformed into gold. In the wake of happiness, he ran back to thank the saint. There, he could not find the saint. In turn, he got to see an ice Shiva Lingam in the cave of that saint. From there on, the news got spread and it became a place of pilgrimage for Hindus.
Another fable says, the Kashmir was under flood like situation then, Kashyap Rishi channelized water in rivers and tributaries. When Bhrigu Rishi was on the way to Himalayas he was the visitor to this holy cave and the Lingam. Later as the news about ice Shivalinga spread devotees too flock to this incredible terrain to carry out the pilgrimage since then for eternal bliss.
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I have gone to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra with other three female family members in a conducted tour by Trip to Temple ( batch no-H1824) from 22 Aug 2018 to 1st September 2018. It was really a amazing trip, Lord shiva full filled my life long wish and we have such a nice and memorable yatra. Except ...
Mr. Ankit Kedia ( Ranchi )
It was a dream come true moment for me to travel such a divine and holy place kailash mansarovar yatra. Such a dificult yatra has been made so easy and simple by our travel agency trip to temple. I heartly thanks to all staff member of trip to temple for making this diffucult yatra so wonderfull. May lord shiv gave all blessing to trip to temple working memeber in there life for doing such a wonderfull job.
Ajit Garg ( Meerut )
I have gone to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra with other three female family members in a conducted tour by Trip to Temple ( batch no-H1824) from 22 Aug 2018 to 1st September 2018. It was really a amazing trip, Lord shiva full filled my life long wish and we have such a nice and memorable yatra. Except initial hiccups at Nepalgunj due to bad weather for two days The complete yatra is completed quite comfortably without any tension. In all 68 (28+40) members were there in the group. The complete group members were very good to each other and moved as a cohesive group without any problem. Credit goes to the temple to trip team management for proper arrangement and nice cooperative behavior of all the group members. It was not easy to manage such a large group with some limitations but your staff managed it nicely and the service staff was humble and supportive. Though through out the trip we were well taken care by the trip organizer (Trip to Temple) but few points ( as stated below) are worth mentioning here to prove the point that all possible efforts were taken by the organizer to make the trip comfortable & enjoyable without any additional monitory burden on the trip members. 1- Throughout the trip ,hot food was arranged with sweet dish inspire of limited facilities available for them in all remote areas. Here it is worth mentioning that at Derapuk, hot night dinner and hot water was served in each room by your staff. 2- Good gesture by them by providing hot water and tent facility for ladies for bath at Mansarovar lake. 3- Arranging Pandit ji for group Puja at Mansarovar Lake after bath. 4- Gladly listening with patience and accepting the suggestions given by group members time to time, e.g.,creating "KMY Kailash Yatri2018" Watsapp group for better communication, listing group members in sub groups for taking helicopter trip etc. 5- During the trip attending courteously and patiently all the queries about us from our family members. 6- Last but not the least, inspite of two days additional stay at Nepalgunj in hotel due to bad weather, no additional money was demanded by them and the complete expenditure was absorbed by them. As stated above the trip was nicely organized by you, but as you know, one should always look for improvement. So keeping this in mind, I suggest that you may arrange for low power CFL/LED bulbs in place of regular high power filament bulbs at all places in your night halts (where electricity supply was provided by solar power). so that with the same available solar power lights can be provided in the rooms during early morning hours also. This will certainly make early morning activities much easier. I am sure you will take it as a suggestion and not as a compliant. In one sentence I want to record that I am fully satisfied after completing my Mansarovar yatra and Kailash three days parikrama ( though on horse) comfortably and safely with God grace and due to well organized trip & all trip members support and good wishes. With all the good wishes and blessings to all the group members and Trip to Temple team.
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