Significance of Amarnath Cave -
Significance of Amarnath Cave
Posted 12 May 2018 03:40 PM

Amarnath yatra is amongst the most important pilgrimage for Hindu devotees. Millions of pilgrims visit the cave every year to offer prayers to Lord Shiva.

As per the History, Lord Shiva chose Amarnath cave, 3,888 m above sea level, in a gorge deep inside the Himalayas in south Kashmir to tell Parvati the secret of his immortality (Amar Katha). Shiva chose the isolated place so that nobody could overhear him. The cave can be reached only on foot or ponies through Pahalgam and Baltal in Sonmarg. The cave is 46 km from Pahalgam and 16 km from Baltal.
The cave was discovered by a Muslim shepherd Buta Malik
According to lore, in 1850, a saint gave Buta Malik a bag full of coal while he was with his herd up in the mountains. When he reached home, Malik found a bag full of gold instead of the coal. An overjoyed Malik ran to thank the saint but couldn't find him. Rather, he found the cave and the ice lingam. The pilgrimage to the cave began after Malik shared his discovery with the villagers.
The yatra used to last for 15 days or a month before the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board took over Purohit Sabha Mattan in 2000, said the Purohit Sabha president. In 2005, the board decided to extend the pilgrimage to over two months. The annual yatra ends when Mahant Deependira Giri, custodian of the Holy Mace, carries it to the cave.
A lot of security measures are conducted to escorts the devotees to their destination.
They have to undergo proper medical check-ups along with identification proofs in order to commence their journey.
This year the Yatra will start from 28th June 2018 to 26 Aug 2018. Have a safe journey to all the pilgrims.
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