Did you know that the Amarnath Cave is at an altitude of 3,888 meters. In today’s discussion we would discuss more about Amarnath Cave, history, route to be followed and how to complete the registration.
Amarnath cave is located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and is around 140 kilometers from the Summer capital of the state, Srinagar. The cave is covered by snow throughout the year and is open for pilgrimages only for a few month. The cave is 40 meters high and a Shiv Lingam is formed naturally by the water drops freezing in the cave. Amarnath cave is the place where Lord Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to Devi Parvati. It is believed that Sage Bhrigu was the first one to have discovered Amarnath Cave and was the first to have darshan of the Shiv Lingam.
The Shiv Lingam grows and shrinks and it depends upon the phases of the moon. The Yatra begins at Pahalgam and is a 43 kilometers trek. The devotees take a night halt at Sheshnag Lake and Panchtarni camps. The most popular times to do the Amarnath Yatra is from Guru Purnima and ends at Shravan Purnima. The entire trek via Sheshnag takes around 5 days.
There is another route which is around 16 kilometers trek and starts from Baltal and one would have to go through Barari and Sangam. This route is much more steeper than the one from Pahalgam. However, devotees generally take the route from Baltal as it saves time.
Before taking this Yatra, it is recommended that you take a 4-5 kilometers walk daily. Also, as there is lack of oxygen at such a high altitude, it is always recommended to get a health check up before going for the Amarnath Yatra. One should also carry dry fruits like cashew nuts, kishmish etc. Also carry chocolates.
The most important thing to keep in mind is to have faith in God and the journey would be comfortable.
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