“ सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके । शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥


2015-07-22 11:29:46, comments: 0



Lord Mrityunjay (Shiv) is considered to be the God of immortality. The renowned ice Shivling of Amarnath and the cave are a natural symbol of this form of Shiv. 

The Amarnath cave is situated in the state of Jammu & Kashmir at a distance of 140 km from Srinagar and 42 km from Pahalgam. However, the distance from Srinagar to Pahalgam via Pampapur and Tral is only 72 km. 

A huge, solid, ice Shivling is formed every year in this cave. At some distance from here, 2 other smaller ice Shivlings are also formed which are believed to be symbolic of Ganesh and Parvati. 

Every year in the month of Shravan, a holy pilgrimage to the Amarnath Cave is organised which is attended by millions of Shiv devotees. Traditionally, the pilgrimage is considered as begun with the Chhadi Mubarak Yatra on Vyas Poornima (Ashadh Poornima, July) and is led by the Mahant of the Dasnami Akhada in Srinagar. 

The cave, situated in this natural Himalayan state, was visited by eminent personalities like Aadiguru Shankaracharya in the ninth century and by Swami Vivekanand and Swami Ramteerth in the 19th century. 

The unique aspect about the Amarnath Cave pilgrimage is the fact that most of the affairs are managed by Muslims and a fourth of the income is also shared by the local Malik family. 

In 2008 A.D., Amarnath was at the centre of a national debate when the Jammu-Kashmir Government decided to give 100 acres of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board to set up facilities for the pilgrims. But the decision was reversed after protests from Muslim fundamentalist groups.
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