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Pilgrimage Travel Amarnath Cave
- Most Popular Pilgrimage Trek India
145 km from Srinagar
July to August
About Location of
The most important event during
July/August, is Amarnath Yatra to the Holy Pilgrimage. This is an annual event
when thousands of Hindus from different corners of the Globe visit Amarnath
caves. The pilgrims trek from Pahalgam to these caves and worship the great ice
Lingam. Amarnath is 145 km east of Srinagar in Kashmir. There is an ice Shiva-linga
here that changes size with the seasons, and also as the moon waxes and wanes it
becomes bigger and smaller. On the full moon day the linga is about 6 ft high.
Each year on the full moon day of July-August (Sravana) when the Siva-linga
attains its maximum height there is a festival at this cave temple.
It is said that Lord Siva first
appeared on this day. The site, India Travel Destinations accounts for tours to
Amaranth Yatra, which is an isolated height yet, one of the most sought after
centers of religious penance in India. It is located in a glacial valley at
4,175m (13,700 ft.). The cave is about 150 feet high and 90 feet long. Within
the cave there are four or five ice formations that resemble the figures of
A prominent fair and festival
in India, such as the Amaranth Yatra in India is one religious journey, which
does not involve humans in its myth. Lord Shiva has been known to be the most
perplexing of all deities, as knowledge concerning his origin is a nature kept
secret. It is here that the significance of this fair and festival in Kashmir,
The story narrated by people
about the discovery of this Holy Cave is of a Gujjar ( shepherd) Buta Malik. He
is given the credit of discovering this Holy Cave . Story goes like this , that
a saint gave Buta Malik a bag full of Coal. On reaching his home when he opened
the bag , to his utter surprise the bag was full of gold coins . This made him
overwhelmed with joy. He ran to thank the Saint . But, what he found was that
the Saint had disappeared . Instead , he found The Holy Cave and Shiv Lingam
there in . He announced the discovery of this to the Villagers. Then onwards
this has become the sacred place of Pilgrimage.
It is understood to be the
recollections of Lord Shiva as told to Goddess Parvati, which were overheard by
a divine pair of pigeons, which forms the rationale behind the Amaranth Yatra in
Kashmir, India. A traveling person called Mailk spotted the same divine pair of
pigeons, which led to the initiation of these religious odysseys being
undertaken every year to the far end of the Fidder valley. The chorus of the
devotees and the accompanying fun and regalia of the climb reach a deafening
crescendo as the trek progresses.
The Amarnath Yatra is
organised every year by the J &K Govt. during the month of Shravan (
July and August); the dates however , vary every year looking at the
weather conditions and according to Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) in the
month of Sharavan (Vikrama Samwat).
This year Yatra will be
taken up from between the month of July to August. Surrounded by
beautiful valleys, mountains , one will always feel His presence on the
paradise of the earth, the memory of which hardly vanishes with time A
journey which will rediscover the nature and its love which is always
inside but one has never felt.
How to Reach
Indian Airlines had daily flights to
Delhi and Srinagar. To reach there (Holy Cave Amarnath) 145 km from Srinagar,
and after this 90 km trekking There are also flights to Bombay, Calcutta,
Chandigarh, and Leh.
The Shalimar Express departs from Delhi at 4.10 pm and arrives in Jammu at 7 am.
There are other trains to and from Delhi. From Jammu there are direct trains to
Bombay, Calcutta (Jammu Tawi Exp # 3152, daily, 6.15 pm, 46 ½ hr). Most buses
leave between 6 and 7 am, in order to arrive before night.
A ticket to Srinagar should be
booked in advance. There are buses to Delhi (14 hr), Amritsar (5hr), and
Pathankot (3 hr). From Pathankot you can get a bus to Dharamshala and Dalhousie.