Every year in the Hindu month of Shravan (July and August), Hindus from far and wide flock to the snow-laden Himalayan hills to catch the glance of divine Shiva Lingam that forms in the deified cave in Amarnath. The journey to catch the glimpse of this divine iced lingam of Lord Shiva is known as ‘Amarnath Yatra’ .
Hindu mythological tales states that Amarnath is a great place to attain spiritual strength. For those having immense faith in Hindu religion and cultures, the yearly Amarnath Yatra has an irresistible importance. This article bestows you a small vignette of the sanctified Amarnath Yatra that every Hindu yearns to take, at least once in a lifetime.Amarnath Yatra Legend
As per the mythological saga, Lord Shiva was requested by her wife Parvati to elucidate her with the unrevealed reason of immortality due to Parvati’ s frequent persistence. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati headed off to a remote place in the Himalayas so that no one could disturb them. He freed the moon from his hair, left snakes and started rigorous meditation on his deer. To make sure that no human being heard the secret of immortality he formed a fire to destroy all life around him.
Lord Shiva then began to disclose the secret of immortality to her wife. Nevertheless, at the same time, a pair of pigeon listened their secret and gave birth to pigeons. Till today, devotees who halt at the divine cane can watch a pair of pigeons living here. Therefore, the surreptitious of immortality (Amar Katha) was disclosed within this holy cave, it came to be known as ‘Amarnath’ .What You Should Know
The holy Amarnath Yatra is held every year in the Hindu months of Shravan (July and August), depending on the weather conditions by the Jammu & Kashmir Government. Since devotees must cover heights of approximately 3,900 metres above sea level. The weather also plays an important role as the sanctified caves are wrapped in snow round the year. To go for this holy tour, travelers have to fill a registration form, which is available in J&K tourist offices, declaring information like their age, fitness status etc.About Amarnath Cave Temple
At jaw-dropping height of 13,700 feet above sea level, on the contracted apertures amid the mountains of Lidder Valley in Jammu & Kashmir. Amarnath is a sanctified pilgrimage destination for Hindu devotees. The place is popular for its ancient and divine cave temple, which is 130 feet high and believed to be the home of Lord Shiva. In the Hindu month of Shravan, an iced lingam of Lord Shiva emerges in this sacred cave uncannily. In addition, to watch the glimpse of this deified lingam, a good number of worshippers from all the four corners flock to the shrine. Inside the cave, there are almost four to five iced patterns akin to the pictures of several deities. As per the ritual, the prime one is worshiped as Shiva or Amarnath.
The hallowed abode of Lord Shiva is about 141 kms from Srinagar, which is the capital of Jammu & Kashmir. The temple is accessed via two ways- first through Pahalgam town and second via Baltal. The temple is bordered by snow-capped mountains and the distance from Pahalgam to sacred Amarnath Cave is 26 kms, which is covered on feet mainly. There shorter route to reach the cave is about is 16 kms long, but it is very steep, slight perilous and hard to climb.About the Amarnath Yatra
The expected route of the consecrated Yatra takes approximately about 5 days to reach the Amarnath Cave. The route to reach Amarnath Cave is quite risky and depends a lot on the weather conditions as the weather can be changed at any point of time. Forlornly, due to this risky route and unpredicted weather conditions, landslides, shortage of oxygen, a number of accidents take place every year. Keeping these conditions in mind, it is suggested to devotees that if they have any sort of respiratory or breathing problems, shun going for this holy tour.Safety Tips for Yatris
The Amarnath Yatra is a difficult journey, regardless the security and facilities provided by the Jammu & Kashmir government and several NGOs. Before going for this Yatra keep in mind the following safety tips-
- Travelers must carry enough warm clothes as the temperature remains very chilly in the summer months.
- Due to fluctuating weather conditions, it can rain anytime so yatris must carry a portable umbrella and a raincoat.
- Travelers who are having any sort of health issues especially respiratory disorders should undertake Yatra on feet.
- Before heading for this Yatra, go for a medical test and in case if you have any health complications, carry your prescriptions with you.