Amarnath Cave Temple
About Amarnath Temple and Yatra
- The holy shrine of Amarnath Ji, or Amarnath Temple, is located at an elevation of 3,888 meters approx, about 29 kilometers from Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir.
- Inside the cave is a Shiva Lingam (a phallus shaped formation made of ice), considered to be the most holy symbol by Hindus all across the globe.
- An underground stream emerges and the water freezes to form a tall cone of ice.
- Devotees visit it in large numbers from June to August, with the pilgrimage tour famously known as Amarnath Yatra, which begins from Chandanwari.
- It is considered to be one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas, or the holiest shrines in Hinduism.
Why in News?
- The J&K administration performed the rituals to kickstart the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, where only 500 pilgrims will be allowed to trek to the holy shrine from central Kashmir’s Baltal area.
- Due to the pandemic, the pilgrimage is likely to be held from July 23 to August 3 only from the Baltal track and not the traditional route of Pahalgam in south Kashmir.
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