About Amarnath Cave Temple
- Amarnath Temple is placed in the Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir.
- It was constructed 5000 years ago.
- The temple is one of the famous Hindu temples of Lord Shiva. And at the peak of 12,756 feet from sea level.
- Most of the time in the year it is covered with the snow leaving in summer. That’s the reason Amarnath yatra only starts in summer in July month and ends in August.
- And another perfect reason is according to Hindus religious Shravan Mas which belongs to Lord Shiva starts in July. So it is the perfect reason and time for Amarnath yatra.
- Amarnath Temple is considered the sanctified shrine of India.
Story/Myth behind Amarnath Mandir
- Once Maa Parvati asked her husband, Shiva, that why he wears Munda mala. He replied that every time you are born I wear a new head and add it to my mala. Then Parvati asked that why he is immortal and she dies every time. He beautifully replied that it all happens due to Amar Katha. So she said to them that she wants to listen to Amarkatha. But Shiva didn’t tell her and they ignore their words. Maa Parvati requested them several times but he ignored their request all the time. Finally, he agreed one day and said that he will tell her story. But he also wants to confirm that no one could hear this story. So they came here and tell them the story inside the cave.
- While listening to the story in middle, Maa Parvati got to sleep. Shiva didn’t see her and they were continuously telling the story. When the story ends he saw that Parvati is sleeping and a pair of pigeons were there. Now Shiva came to know that the pigeons have heard the story. So they got angry at pigeons. The Pigeons Were fall to his feet and said that we are sorry but you can’t kill us because the story was about immortals. And if you kill us the story will go wrong and nobody will believe in it. After listening to this Shiva pardon them and gave him the blessing that they will know as a couple of Lord Shiva and Parvati and the place will be known as Amarnath. That’s the reason it is called Amarnath Mandir.
Why Amarnath Cave is famous
- The temple is famous for Shivlinga or Amarnath Jyotirlinga which naturally formed through the ice. Thousands of devotees from all over the country come here to see this. They believe that watching this naturally formed shiv linga is like watching Mahadev in real. And they also believe that by watching Amarnath Jyotirlinga and visiting this temple we get freedom from all our sin.
Location/Yatra of Amarnath
- The location of temple is Jammu and the Amarnath Yatra starts from two villages Pahalgam and Baltal. From Baltal Shri Amarnath Cave Temple is approx 15 Km. away and from Pahalgam, it is approx 41 km. But trek from Baltal is a little bit hard so most people choose Pahalgam for trekking. These Pahalgam treks usually take 3-5 days to reach there. And another perfect reason is trekking through Pahalgam is that you would see the natural beauty of that place.
Weather of Amarnath Mandir
- The weather of Amarnath Temple fluctuates frequently. The temperature remains between 10°c – 32°c during Amarnath Yatra.
|Summers||May to June||10°c – 27°c|
|Monsoon||July to Sep||12°c – 30°c|
|Winter||Oct to April||-7°c – 27°c|
How to reach Amarnath Cave
- If you are going by air, then you have to fly to Srinagar Airport, which is approximately 90 km. far from Pahalgam and 105 km. from Baltal. From Srinagar Airport you have to take a bus or taxi to reach Pahalgam or Baltal.
- If you are going by train, you have to go to Jammu Station which is 178 km. far from Amarnath Mandir. After reaching there you can take a bus or taxi to Pahalgam or Baltal.