Chilly winds open arms with snow kissing sky, pilgrims chanting hymns of lord Shiva on the journey of faith since centuries on the icy tracks of the Himalayas. One of the holy trinity, Shiva is a living god. Shiva is known to have made his home in the Himalayas. He built no house, no shelter, neither for himself nor for his bride.
The entire journey from Srinagar to the Amarnath Caves is a treat to
the eyes. The natural beauty of this part of our country is second to
none. It’s sad to see that political events are stealing the attention
that this state deserves.
Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in the Amarnath cave. Unknown to them, a pair of mating pigeons eavesdropped on this conversation and having learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report seeing the pigeons-pair when they trek the arduous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva).
The Amarnath Yatra begins in the month of Shravan (July - August) and the devout flock to this incredible shrine, where the image of Shiva, in the form of a lingam, is formed naturally of an ice - stalagmite, and which waxes and wanes with the moon. By its side are, fascinatingly, two more ice - lingams, that of Parvati and of their son, Ganesha.
Keeping in mind higher flow of pilgrims in Pahalgam the J&K Govt. Tourist Office established its office at the head of the main bazaar. Tourists flock here for all the vital information on accommodation trekking, hiking and other recreational activities in Pahalgam. Besides the corporation also offers accommodation in its 26 three/two-bed room Huts, 19 one -bed room huts, one clubhouse (3 suites) and a 7-roomed Tourist Bungalow at Pahalgam.
Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder valley, Amarnathji stands at 4,175 and is 45 km from Pahalgam and 141 km from Srinagar. Though the original pilgrimage subscribes that the yatra be undertaken from Srinagar, the more common practice is to begin the journey from Pahalgam, and cover the distance to Amarnathji and back in four or five days. Pahalgam is 96 km from Srinagar.
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