Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in the Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft), it is about to 141 km (88 mi) from Srinagar. Then The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town. The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism and is considered to be one of the very holiest shrines in Hinduism.
Amarnath Temple – Facts
|Deity||Lord Amarnath (Lord Shiva)|
|Location||Chandanwari Hills, Himalayas|
|Timings||6:00 AM to 6:00 PM (29 June 2020 TO 3 August 2020 )|
|Best Time to Visit||July to August|
Amarnath Temple History
Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in the Jammu and Kashmir, India. A snowy stalagmite forms the shape of the Shiva Linga which is worshipped with great reverence. Besides the main Linga, three other formations representing smaller Lingas are worshiped as Lord Ganesha and Goddess Parvati and Bhairava.
The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. The cave itself is covered with the snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for the pilgrims. The Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave across challenging mountainous terrain.
After that Inside the 40 m (130 ft) high Amarnath cave, a stalagmite is formed due to the freezing of water drops that fall from the roof of the cave on the floor and it grows up vertically from the cave floor. It is considered to be a Shiva Linga by the Hindus. It is mentioned in the ancient Hindu texts of Mahabharata and Puranas that Lingam represents Lord Shiva.
The Lingam waxes in during the 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 then after As per 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, and even there is no scientific evidence for this belief. According to the Hindu religious beliefs, this is the place where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort, Parvati.
The Yatra trek through the mountains of a south Kashmir Himalayas to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji is made available only in the months of summer to pay obeisance. In the month of the Shravan (July – August) the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji has the devout flock, where the image of Lord Shiva, in the form of in a Lingam, is formed naturally of an ice – stalagmite, and which waxes and wanes with the moon.
Shri Amarnath Yatra is for the specific period/ duration, commencing on an announced date, usually on, the auspicious day of Skandshasthi as per Hindu calendar, and shall conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan).
Amarnath Yatra Registration Procedure
Amarnath Yatra 2020 Registration will start from 1st March 2020 till the Time Time Yatra Ends. In 2013 Yathra Registration was started from 18th March 2013. In 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018 it was started from 1st March, in 2016, 29th February. Last Year Registration was started on 1st April 2019. Shrine Board has Fixed the quota for every day and has limited registration to 7500 per route per day. In 2014 Online Registration had been closed by Amarnathji Shrine Board. From 2014 -2018 pilgrims had only Offline registration Process. Last Year in 2019 govt opened online registration on a trial basis. But this year in 2020 registration will start very early. Registrations are also Known as Permits, Passes. Yathra Authority doesn’t give any VIP Pass to General Pilgrims.
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Amarnath Temple Opening and Closing Timing
Vyas Purnima to Shravan Purnima
|Amarnath Temple Opening Date||Amarnath Temple Closing Date|
|29 June 2020 (Approximate)||3 August 2020 (Approximate)|
Amarnath Temple Daily Darshan Timing from Opening Date
|6 AM TO 6 PM|
Poojas at Amarnath Temple
- Pratham Pooja: The Pratham Pooja means the “First Pooja”. This pooja is performed at the holy cave on the day the Yatra is declared open. The members of the J&K Government, as well as the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, attend the pooja without fail. Several Vedic mantras, as well as Shlokas, are chanted in praise of Lord Shiva, following which the Prasad is distributed among the devotees. The pooja ceremony involves Bhoomi Pooja, Navagraha Pooja, Chhari Pooja and lastly the Dhwajarohan indicating the beginning of the yatra. The pooja is held on the day of Vyas-Purnima (July).
- Chhari Mubarak: The auspicious event marks the end of the Amarnath Yatra. The Chhari refers to the holy mace of Lord Shiva that he gifted to the Sage Bringesh. The Chhari Mubarak is taken to the shrine on the day of Shravan Purnima, also celebrated as the Raksha Bandhan. After the Pratham Pooja, he Chhari is then returned to the Dashnami Akhara where it is kept for darshan. Special Poojas are performed for Naga Panchami. Then the mace is carried to the holy Amarnath Shrine by the traditional route.
Temples near Amarnath Temple
- Mamleshwar Temple
- Sri Shankaracharya Temple
- Martand Sun Temple