About Amarnath Ji, The Story Of Amarnath Ji.

Amarnathji Yatra 2017 commences on 29th June and concludes on 7th Aug, 2017

Amarnath Ji

Situated towards 145 km east of Srinagar, capital of Kashmir state in India, Amarnath is a highly revered and celebrated pilgrimage among Hindus in India. The places holds a sacred ice Silva-linga that changes size with change in seasons and waning and waxing of the moon. On a full moon day, the linga grows up to height of 6 feet. The moment is commemorated every year on the full moon day of July-August (Sravana). A grand festival is held at this cave temple. The legends have it that Lord Siva appeared on this day for the first time.
The cave is located at 4,175m inside a glacial valley and measures approximately 150 feet high and 90 feet long. Interestingly, the cave houses around 4-5 beautiful ice formations resembling figurines of different Hindu Gods. The biggest is that of Lord Shiva (Amarnath). Towards the left of Shiva Linga is an attractive ice formation resembling Lord Ganesha. On the right side of linga stands the figures of Goddess Parvati and Lord Bhairava.
During the months of June to September, the entire area is enveloped with ice. The cave is open for visitors July to August. Since these are monsoon months, visitors need to battle the severity of rain and weather to ensure a successful trip. Around twenty five thousand people reach Amarnath for pilgrimage every year. For convenience, dandies and ponies are available for visitors. The place attracts a lot of crowd during the annual festival of Sravana. An annual pilgrimage with Srinagar as the starting point led by the Chhari Saheb.

The Legend of Amarnath
As per a famous legend of Amarnath, “Ekam Sat” is a popular Rigvedic Verse says “There is one Being, the sages call Him by many names.”
The Lord (Parmeshwar) has 3 deities who carry on the world referred to as the Holy Trinity:

1. Brahma- The creator of universe
2. Vishnu – the perpetuator of life
3. Shiva (Mahesh) – the purifier and perpetuator of good and destroyer of evil

In Rig Veda, Lord Shiva is mentioned as Rudra as in the verse mentioned below:

“We Worship Tryambaka (Rudra), Who spread Fragrance and Increases Nourishment, May He release me, like the cucumber from its stem, From Mortal Life, But not From Immorality.”

Lord Shiva is described as the ascetic warrior with deer skin robe carrying Trishul in Yajurveda. The famous verse Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram beautifully describes life holding three facets:

1. Truth (Satyam)
2. Good (Shivam)
3. Beautiful (Sundaram)

The Holy Cave

Legends have it that the Holy Cave of Amarnath belongs to a Gujjar (shepherd) Buta Malik the discoverer of the Cave. Once a saint presented Buta Malik a bag full of Coal. He opened this bag upon reaching home. Malim was surprised to see the bag was full of gold coins. He ran back to express his gratitude towards the Saint. However, the saint was nowhere to be found. Instead the place now had a Holy Cave and Shiv Lingam. He immediately announced the discovery to the villagers. Thereon, the site turned into a sacred place of Pilgrimage.

Accordign to ancient epics, the valley of Kashmir lay under water. Kashyap Rishi drained the water through several rivers and rivulets. Bhrigu Rishi happened to pass that route on his visit to the Himalyas. He was the first to get sacred Darshans of this Holy Cave. People heard about this and since then, the site became holy abode of Lord Shiva and a Centre of pilgrimage. Many lakhs of devotees perform the pilgrimage through tough terrain to get eternal happiness.

Best Time for the Yatra
The J&K Govt. organizes Amarnath Yatra annually during the month of Shravan (July and August). The exact date varies according to the Hindu calendar and overall weather conditions. It also depends on Purnima (full moon) during the month of Sharavan (Vikrama Samwat).
One needs to trek a height of around 14,500 feet for a journey to Baba Amarnath Holy Cave. This journey is replete with a feeling of divinity and realization of ‘Moksha’. As one reaches the Hoy Cave and offers prayers to the Shivlinga, the feeling of eternal peace overtakes everything else. Here, one is surrounded by scenic valleys, picturesque mountains all the time. This testifies the feeling of presence of the Almighty on the paradise of the earth. The visitors take back memories to cherish for a lifetime. The journey is all about rediscovering nature and inner peace.

Climate in Amarnath
The climate of Amarnath is unpredictable. Snowfall or rain may occur anytime. Abrupt variations in temperature is common in the area. Also the temperature may fall up to -5 degree C.

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