Amarnath Cave - Where The Fair Of Shiva Devotees Takes Place

Amarnath cave is not only a symbol of the faith of the devotees but also the devotees get a kind of spiritual happiness from the darshan of Baba Barfani here.

Not only this, but it is also true that the journey to reach this cave is very wonderful in itself. Let's know this journey a little more closely through this article

Whatever is in the world... whatever was there and whatever is to be there, all of them have the sutras of Shiva. The past, the present, and the future are formed on their rhythm and disintegration. Such Sadashiv, who is called by the names of Barfani Baba, Amarnath, Ashutosh, Ardhanarishwar Mahadev, Neelkanth, Mrityunjay, etc., is generous and benevolent on the one hand, while he also has the form of fierce and destructive Nataraja. In this Nataraja form of him, there is a sense of protecting the borders of the country. 

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Performing a tandava for the welfare of the world and to free the gods from the fear of death, after being liquefied again in the form of Hamling in the Amarnath cave, due to these characteristics Shiva is called the nationwide god of IndiaAmarnath cave is not only a symbol of the faith of the devotees but also the devotees get a kind of spiritual happiness from the darshan of Baba Barfani here. Not only this, but it is also true that the journey to reach this cave is very wonderful in itself. Let's know this journey a little more closely through this article

Whatever is in the world... whatever was there... and whatever is to be there, all of them have the sutras of Shiva. The past, the present, and the future are formed on their rhythm and disintegration. Such Sadashiv, who is called by the names of Barfani Baba, Amarnath, Ashutosh, Ardhanarishwar Mahadev, Neelkanth, Mrityunjay, etc., is generous and benevolent on the one hand, while he also has the form of fierce and destructive Nataraja. In this Nataraja form of him, there is a sense of protecting the borders of the country. 

Performing a tandava for the welfare of the world and to free the gods from the fear of death, after being liquefied again in the form of Hamling in the Amarnath cave, due to these characteristics Shiva is called the nationwide god of IndiaThe cave of Amarnath is a symbol of the culture, solidarity, and honesty of our country. It is here that Lord Shankar narrated the immortal story to Mother Parvati. 

This journey associated with the legends of narrating the story of Amarnath from ages ago is so exciting that every living being who comes here is stunned to see this charisma of nature.

First stop of the journey Pahalgaon

Along with the tall deodar trees, the chirping sound of the Lidder river seems to greet the travelers at Pahalgaon, the gateway to the Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir, the heaven on earth. The view of the entrance to Pahalgaon is so beautiful that upon reaching there, it appears as if it is heaven. 

It is said that when Lord Shiva went to narrate the immortal story to Mother Parvati, he first left his ride Nandi bull here. Pahalgam was earlier called Bailagaon, which later gradually came to be known as Pahalgaon. Arranged at a height of 7200 feet above ocean level, this picturesque city is surrounded by skyscraper ranges and the milky snow frozen on these ranges fills the human heart with thrill.

Chandanwadi

The height of 95 hundred feet above sea level and the valley of the confluence of mountain rivers are called Chandanwadi. 16 KM from Pahalgam. From this farthest floor, the footpath starts for Shiva devotees going on the journey. Even the travelers come in government or private vehicles and travel further to the hills on foot or on horseback. It is said about Chandanwadi that while going to the Amarnath cave, Bholenath had left his head with sandalwood. The stream coming from the mountains comes here and takes the form of a small river, which has to be crossed and move forward, but everyone is stunned to see the charisma that nature has shown here with the naked eye. To cross this river, nature has made an ice bridge about a hundred feet long, which is crossed and carried forward.

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Flea valley

On reaching this stage of Amarnath Yatra, the movement of the travelers becomes like a flea, that is why it is called by the name of the flea valley. It is said that once the gods and demons came to see Bholenath and got entangled in the war in the jealousy of going ahead first. Then the gods requested Bholenath to withdraw from the war and by his grace, the gods killed the demons and made their powder and their ashes were piled up there. This mountain horn (peak) removes the sufferings of Shiva-devotees. It is said that if one crosses this difficult path while chanting Shiva-Shiva, then one attains Brahmalok.

Sheshnag lake like heaven's imagination

30 KM from Pahalgam. There is a feeling of a pleasant feeling as soon as you reach the distant place called Sheshnag. With the deep green-blue stream seen between the mountains, it is realized that there will be a river, but seeing the Sheshnag lake that is visible as soon as it comes out of the mountain, it seems as if the waking eyes have seen some heaven. Have you seen the scene? This place, also known as Sheshnag Sarovar, is the beginning of the Jhelum River. It is said about the lake formed in the middle of three mountains named Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh that here Bholenath had left the Sheshnag worn around his neck while going to the Amarnath cave. According to a legend, Sheshnag had made a powerful demon who had become the trouble of the gods as his grasp. Since then the name of this mountain became Sheshnag Parvat.

Mahagunas Parvat

The Mahagunas mountain comes ahead of the Sheshnag halt, the excellence of which can't be depicted in words, at a height of  14,500 feet above sea level, only courage is needed to cross this mountain. The size of this giant mountain is also amazing. On crossing it, many small and big streams and waterfalls give a feeling of great joy. It is said that Bholenath had placed son Ganesha here, which was formerly also called Mahaganesh Parvat or Ganesh Top.

Panchtarni

The third step of the journey is Panchtarni, which is 12 km from Sheshnag. Comes after traveling. The open area visible to the plain is Panchtarni, where five rivers flow in five different streams, crossing which the travelers proceed. It is said that here Bholenath took the form of Nataraja while going to the cave. When he started dancing in this form, his locks opened and the Ganges started flowing on the earth in five streams. It is also believed that Bhole Baba had renounced the five elements here. 6 km from here Next is the holy cave, which comes after crossing the Bhairav ​​valley falling on the way. But three kilometers Far away is the place named Sangam, where the mountain route coming from Baltal meets.

Baltal road

To go to Shri Amarnath Yatra, about 14 km from Srinagar via Sonmarg from Balatan. Take a relatively easy walk to the cave via Sangam. There is no historical or mythological evidence of this route, but most of the travelers have now started going through this route.

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Sacred Cave of Shri Amarnath

Three km ahead of Sangam. The road is a snowy route, where not only the mountains are covered with snow, but the walking route also passes through a snow bridge. If the Amravati river flows below, the snow is frozen above, over which people has to walk. Seeing the Shri Amarnath cave visible from afar, not only does a person's thinking begin to end in front of this wonderful charisma of nature, but he does not live without bowing before the Bhole Baba. The self-formation of Himling inside the cave of Amarnath Swami, situated amidst the snow-capped mountains at an altitude of 12729 feet, is said to be a mystery, which no one has been able to solve for ages.

Darshan of Barfani Shivling 

Without any gates or restrictions, the appearance of the Lord in the Himling created by nature inside the rugged cave built in the middle of the mountain is astonishing, it is astonishing that God Shiva's form Himling and the natural pit (snow platform) are of solid ice, while the outside of the cave is visible for miles around. The Ganesh-peeths made by ice in this cave are of solid ice. Everywhere in this cave, water drips drop by drop, which gives immense joy...infinite satisfaction...

Buta Malik had discovered the cave 

It is said that this cave was discovered by a Muslim named Buta Malik, who reached here while grazing goats. The descendants of the same Buta Malik still receive their share of the offerings made here.

Secularism

The people who go on the Amarnath Yatra do not belong to a particular class or community. People coming here from all four directions of the nation come with a new culture and environment and a new culture is born here. This tradition of national unity has been presented by Shiva devotees in the form of increasing faith in Shri Shiva in the nation. Even so, the desire of Shivamay Indian culture has always been for the welfare of the universe. The devotee of Shiva always wants the welfare of all and for this reason, Shiva is identified in the Indian philosophy of unity, integrity, and welfare of the entire nation. Shri Amarnath Yatra is also done by Shiva devotees with the same thinking.

Other Attractions

Famous places around Srinagar include Shri Shankaracharya Temple, Maa Ksheer Bhavani Temple, Shri Anantnag Temple, Sun Temple, and Kund of Mutton, apart from the small Amarnath temple, Hazrat Bal and many tourist places are also there, which tourists from all over the world are here to see. come.

When to go?

The Yatra of Shri Amarnath starts every year one month before Shravan Purnima under the supervision of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir (it has started 2 months before 2007) and on this occasion, the government and voluntary organizations make all kinds of arrangements. In winter all roads are closed.

How to go?

The major cities of the state of Jammu and Kashmir can be reached by rail or by private vehicles to Jammu. Jammu to Srinagar is accessible only by road. Trains till Jammu come from every major city of the country. Helicopter service is also available from Srinagar to Panchtarni-helipad. There are hotels of every level in Srinagar or Pahalgaon, while tents are available for accommodation in Baltal or Sheshnag, Panchtarni, and the entire route of the cave. 

CONCLUSION:

Performing a tandava for the welfare of the world and to free the gods from the fear of death, after being liquefied again in the form of Hamling in the Amarnath cave, due to these characteristics Shiva is called the nationwide god of IndiaAmarnath cave is not only a symbol of the faith of the devotees but also the devotees get a kind of spiritual happiness from the darshan of Baba Barfani here. Performing a tandava for the welfare of the world and to free the gods from the fear of death, after being liquefied again in the form of Hamling in the Amarnath cave, due to these characteristics Shiva is called the nationwide god of India

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