Amarnath Yatra 2012 Registration :Tour Booking (Amarnath Yatra Shrine Board
Amarnath Travels :
From Srinagar, Kashmir
Amarnath is 145 km east of Srinagar in Kashmir. There is an ice Silva-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.
Amarnath Yatra Route :
It is located in a glacial valley at 4,175m (13,700 ft.). Amarnath 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 different gods. The biggest figures
of different gods. The biggest figure is regarded as Siva (Amarnath). On the
left side of the linga is an ice formation called Ganesh, and on the right
side is one of Parvati and Bhairava.
The of the most important event during July/ August, is Amarnath Yatra
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. Legend has it that
Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in a cave in Amarnath.
Unknow to them, a pair of mating doves 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 doves-pair when
they trek the arduous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the
phallic symbol of Shiva). This is an event you certainly will talk about for
the rest of your life.
The area is covered with snow from September to June. The cave opens only
in July and August. This is the rainy season, so pilgrims have to brave the
rain to get there. About 25,000 people make this pilgrimage each year. You
can also hire ponies and dandies for the trip. It is very crowded during the
annual Sravana festival. There is a yearly pilgrimage starting from Srinagar
that is led by the Chhari Saheb, the holy seepter.
There is famous Rigvedic Verse that says "Ekam Sat " that is "There
is one Being ,the sages call Him by many names." The God (Parmeshwar)
has three deities who carry on the world .This is Known as Holy Trinity.
Brahma- the creator, Vishnu - the perpetuator of life and Shiva (Mahesh )
-the purifier and perpetuator of good and destroyer of evil. Rig Veda refer
Shiva as Rudra as in its following verse . "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 . "(Rig Veda Mandal VII Sukta 59 and Mantra 12)
The Yajurveda describes Shiva as ascetic warrior Whose robe is of Deer Skin
and He carries Trishul .
According to the verse Satyam,
Shivam ,Sundaram ,the life is described as having three facets Truth
(Satyam), Good (Shivam) and the Beautiful (Sundaram). Shiva is a living God.
The most Sacred and ancient books of India, the Rig Veda narrates His
presence in the hymns. Vedic myths, rituals and even astronomy testifies to
His existence from the dawn of time .The Mohindaro and Harapa findings
confirm Shiva worship in the ancient India. According to the older
scriptures, He has three places of His residence. One is Kailash Parvat
another is Lohit Giri under which Brahamputra flows and third is Muzwan
of Amarnath Cave
Legend about the importance of Amarnath Cave is as follows :
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 .
The ancient epics narrate an other story which goes like this. The valley
of Kashmir was under water .It was a big lake. Kashyap Rishi drained the
water through number of rivers and rivulets . In those days Bhrigu Rishi
came that way on a visit to The Himalyas. He was the first to have Darshans
of this Holy Cave . When people heard of the Lingam, Amarnath for them
became Shiva's abode and a Centre of pilgrimage . Since then Lacs of
devotees perform the pilgrimage through tough terrain and avail eternal
happiness. The trek to Amarnath, in the month of sharavan ( July-August) has
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, which waxes and
wanes with the Moon's cycle . By its side are fascinating, two more Ice
Lingams, that of Maa Parvati and of their son, Ganesha .
When To take up Yatra
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 08 July, 2003 to 08 August, 2003.
Yatra to Baba Amarnath Holy Cave for which one has to trek a height of
about 14,500 ft is full of thrill and joy .The feeling of divine which is
always beneath ones' heart , burst out and one realises 'Moksha' as one
attends the Cave and perform the prayer before the Shivlinga . 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.
The climatic conditions are very uncertain . Rain or snowfall may take
place at any time or place during the Yatra . It is to be particularly noted
that abrupt changes in temperature might occur . Sunny weather may turn into
rain / snow fall in a short time . The temperature may fall up to -5 degree