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India is the humble abode of diverse religions, beliefs and spiritual practices. Adorers from all over the country consecrate themselves in pious traditions to worship the mighty Gods and atone their sins. According to the Vedas, the deities have their particular chores of cosmos genesis, sustenance and annihilation. The supreme trinity i.e. Lord Brahma the creator, Lord Vishnu the preserver and Lord Shiva the destroyer watch over its smooth functioning. The Yajurveda describes Shiva as an anchorite warrior whose attire consists of a beast’s skin as robe, garlands of rudrakash and long tresses. His armament is a Trishul (trident). The primeval scriptures explain that Shiva has three prominent places of dwellings, located in snow-capped cliffs. First one is at Kailash Parvat, second at Lohit Giri and last one at Muzavan Parvat.
Amarnath Cave is one of the most sacred sanctuaries in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The grotto is the sanctum of Lord Shiva, the destroyer of evil. The laborious route to the holistic cave is travelled by hundreds of thousand devotees of Lord Shiva and this diligent tour is called the Amarnath Yatra. The idol of Shiva in the cavern is a stalagmite of ice formed due to the water droplets continuously falling from the roof of the cave. It is believed that the ice-lingam’s height increment and decrement depends on the lunar cycle. Lingam achieves its full form and height on ‘Purnima’ (full moon). The stalagmite formed is considered to be Shiva Linga also known as Lord Amarnath as per Hindu legends. According to ancient mythology, Lord Shiva narrated the ‘Amar Katha’ (a secret tale to immortality and eternity) in this cave to his spouse, Lady Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya.
The cavern is situated in Jammu and Kashmir, India, at an apex of 3,888 meters (around 13,000 feet). Organizing the Yatra is a gigantic task, that’s why it is done by the State Government in collaboration with the Shree Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB). The assistance and securities are provided by the Indian Military. All the agencies deliver their services to the pilgrims who include catering of ponies, water supply, telecommunication, fire wood and fair price shops.
Amarnath yatra begins in the months of July-August, around a 45 day joyous season, which almost coincides with the Hindu holy month of Shraavana. Registration is necessary before the convocation of trek. A medical certificate for physical fitness is also compulsory for the registration, which can only be issued by a doctor authorised by the Amarnath Shrine Board. There are two routes to the cave for Yatra namely – Baltal and Pahalgam route. Amarnath via Baltal is the shortest route to the cave i.e only 14 km. Most of the travelers advance the journey to seek the innate spiritual peace through the long passages of mountainous campaign. That’s why the Baltal route is preferred by the people with health problems. These days pilgrims travel to Pahalgam first and then recommence the further elongating adventure of 45 kms on foot with halts at appropriate and suitable distances. The campsites are set up at convenient distance with all sorts of felicitous accommodations. All the aids en route are due to the courtesies of the Indian military, Central government and State government. The first 12.4 km from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is completed in five to six hours on foot with the first night stay at Chandanwari. The gaudy-green woodlands and spine-tingling beauty alongside the pathway is mesmerizing. The main attraction in this trail is the bridge on the river Lidder, which remain covered with the snow even when the atmosphere deprives of snow. Further from Chandanwari, a straight-up ascent to Pishu Ghati (3,171 metere) aware the pilgrims about the fierce struggle which they’ll need along the way. When the troops arrive at the Sheshnaag Lake (3,570 metres), the ambience of this great lake makes the travelers believe that the effort was worth it. A night-halt is arranged at the Wawjan near the astonishing banks of the lake. After a 13 km trek from here, the third and the final camp is in Panchtarni’s grasslands. A 6 km trek from here takes the devotees to the cave. To enter the caves, one had to wait in long queues. But at last, the mere sight of the supreme Lord Amarnath takes all the fatigue away. The return journey seems easy, but it still takes about 2 days.
Every year the harsh and merciless weather takes up the life of many people. The snowy mountains and narrow trails, sometimes lead to fatal accidents. But the calamities fail to stir the strong faith of people over the mighty Lord Shiva. The ferocious struggle of trekking and the freezing winds couldn’t demotivate them. Every year, the visitor’s count touches the huge figure of lakhs. The perennial canopy being the witness of such sublime wisdom is considered an eminent spot for the inner-peace seekers. That’s why Amarnath’s importance in Hinduism is incomparable.