Amarnath Cave Temple

Temple

 

Overview

Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 12,756 ft, about 141 km from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town.
 
There are references to the legendary king Aryaraja who used to worship a lingam formed of ice in Kashmir. The book Rajatarangini  refers to Amareshwara or Amarnath. It is believed that Queen Suryamathi in the 11th century AD gifted trishuls, banalingas and other sacred emblems to this temple. Rajavalipataka, begun by Prjayabhatta has detailed references to the pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave. It is believed that after the Middle Ages, this cave was forgotten by people before it was discovered by a shepherd in the 15th century once again.
 
Another story relates to Bhrigu Muni. Long time ago it is believed that The Vale of Kashmir was submerged under water and Kashyapa Muni drained it through a series of rivers and rivulets. Therefore, when the waters drained, Bhrigu Muni was the first to have Darshan of Lord Amarnath. Thereafter, when people heard of the Lingam, it became an abode of Lord Bholenath for all believers and a pilgrimage which is done by lakhs of people each yea
 
Inside the 40 m high Amarnath cave, the stalagmite is formed due to freezing of water drops that fall from the roof of the cave on to the floor and grows up vertically from the cave floor. It is considered to be a Shiva Linga by Hindus. The Cave waxes during May to August, as snow melts in the Himalayas above the cave and the resultant water seeps into the rocks that form the cave and gradually wanes thereafter. As per the religious beliefs, it has been claimed that the lingam grows and shrinks with the phases of the moon reaching its height during the summer festival, although there is no scientific evidence for this belief. According to a Hindu legend, this is the cave where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort, Parvati.Two other ice formations represent Parvati and Shiva's son, Ganesha.
 
The temple is a popular yatra destination for Hindus. In 2011 it received about 634,000 persons, the highest recorded number for the site. The number was 622,000 in 2012 and 350,000 in 2013. Pilgrims visit the holy site during the 45-day season around the festival of Shravani Mela in July–August, coinciding with the hindu holy month of Shraavana. Devotees travel on foot, either from Srinagar or from Pahalgam. The latter journey takes approximately 5 days. Helicopter services from base camp to Panjtarniare also available from various private operators.
 
 
Best time to visit: July and August - The only time when the pilgrims can visit this holy shrine is during the month of Sharavan. The dates may, however, vary depending on the weather conditions and according to Purnima in the month of Sharavan.
 
Timing:  The 45 km Yatra from Pahalgam can be covered in about four to five days. The route to the Holy Cave can be reached from Pahalgam via Chandanwari, Pissu Top, Sheshnag, Panchtarni, finally reaching the Holy Cave.
 
How to Reach,
The State Road Transport Corporation and Private Transport Operators provide the regular services from Jammu to Pahalgam and Baltal. Also privately hired taxis are available from Jammu & Kashmir.
There is another route to Amarnath cave from Baltal that is located at 14 km from the Amarnath caves. The distance of Baltal from Jammu is 400 km that can be covered by taxi or bus. From there, pilgrims can either take ponies or travel by foot to cover the route from Baltal to Amarnath. Though this route is much narrower and steeper than from Pahalgam, it can be completed in one day with Baltal as base camp. If you want to complete the journey in one day then you can hire a helicopter from Pahalgam to Panchtarni.
 

Location

Country
India
State
Jammu & Kashmir
City
Ananthnag
Location
Anantnag
Address
Amarnath Cave Temple, Baltal Amarnath Trek, Forest Block, Anantnag, Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir 192230
Contact Info
Phone: 0194 246 8250
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Anantnag
Nearest Railway Station
Srinagar (SINA)
Nearest Airport




Height
12,756 ft
Architect
Natural formation
Visiting Hours
Four to Five Days

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