Man dressed as Lord Shiva being worshipped / prayed to by pilgrims/ devotees throughout annual Amarnath yatra in Kashmir.
Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine situated in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It’s devoted to Shiva. The cave is located at an altitude of three,888 m (12,756 ft), about 141 km (88 mi) from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached via Pahalgam city. The shrine varieties an essential a part of Hinduism, and is taken into account to be one of many holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. The cave itself is roofed with snow many of the yr aside from a brief time period in summer time when it’s open for pilgrims. Hundreds of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on difficult mountainous terrain to see an ice stalagmite fashioned contained in the cave.
Contained in the 40 m (130 ft) excessive Amarnath cave, the stalagmite is fashioned because of freezing of water drops that fall from the roof of the cave on to the ground and grows up vertically from the cave flooring. It’s thought of to be a Shiva Linga by Hindus. The Cave waxes throughout Might to August, as snow melts within the Himalayas above the cave and the resultant water seeps into the rocks that type the cave and regularly wanes thereafter. As per the non secular beliefs, it has been claimed that the lingam grows and shrinks with the phases of the moon reaching its peak through the summer time competition, though there is no such thing as a scientific proof for this perception.
In line with a Hindu legend, that is the cave the place Shiva defined the key of life and eternity to his divine consort, Parvati. Two different ice formations characterize Parvati and Shiva’s son, Ganesha.
The principle objective of the annual pilgrimage to the cave is worship of the ice stalagmite Lingam.
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