The Amaranth Cave is not open to pilgrims throughout the
year. It opens during Shravani Mela, which takes places in July-August, which
is the Shravan month. This is when lakhs of devotees miles to catch a glimpse
of one of the holiest shrines in the Hindu culture and gain Lord Shiva’s
blessings. It is their devotion that brings them to the height of 3888 meters
where the cave is located, almost 141 kms away from Srinagar, the summer
capital of Jammu and Kashmir. One can reach Amarnath Cave from Pahalgam. Once
‘Pratham Pujan’ is performed to seeks Baba Amarnath’s blessings, the
much-awaited Amarnath Yatra begins.
The Amarnath Cave is situated amid tall mountains that
are covered with snow for majority of the year. Since the weather conditions
are harsh, the cave is inaccessible to the devotees. Pilgrims can visit
Amarnath cave during summers. Each year, lakhs of devotees apply for
registration and thousands of them trek steep rocky mountains to watch the natural
spectacle with their own eyes and gain blessings of Lord Shiva who is believed
to appear in the form of the holy Shiva Linga in the cave. The cave itself is
130 ft high and houses a 40 feet tall ice stalagmite that is believed to be a
form of the Hindu God Shiva. The ice structure is formed due to water droplets
dripping continuously from the cave’s roof. These drop freeze immediately upon
touching the floor of cave and turn into a huge ice formation.
The Shiva Linga is believed to change its size according
to the phases of the moon. It is said to be the tallest during Shravani Mela.
The ice stalagmite does not stay around throughout the year. It slowly melts
due to heat from May to August and the water trickles down the rocks.
In the Hindu mythology, the Amarnath Cave is said to be
the cave where Lord Shiva answered Goddess Parvati’s questions related the
meaning of life and the secret behind his eternity.
More on Amarnath Yatra
Trek from Baltal to pahalgam
Since the terrain is
mountainous and difficult, determination is required to scale the height. You
can reach the cave from Pahalgam on foot in nearly 5 days. The trek begins from
Baltal. You will cross Domial, Barari and Sangam in your way.
Trek from Chandanwari to Pahalgam
from Chandanwari to Pahalgam is long.
One has to cover a total of 30 kilometers on foot and is therefore
suggested to be undertaken by only those are fit, excluding pregnant women and
The total distance you may
have to cover is nearly 36 kilometers.
Tips For Visiting Amarnath Yatra
the rough terrain and harsh weather conditions during the Yatra, children less
than 13 years of age and adults aged 76 and above are not permitted. The Yatra
is not safe for Pregnant women as well. Every person applying for registration
to the Amaranth Yatra must necessary obtain and produce a valid health
How to Reach Amarnath Yatra
One must reach Srinagar to start the Amarnath
Yatra. You can reach there by rail at Jammu Tawi Railway Station. Since
Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, it is has an airport as
well which is connected to the major cities in India. Besides the two, devotees
are reach Srinagar by bus or car. There are plenty of bus and cab operators
available in a lot of cities in India for hire.