History of the Amarnath

     
  Holy temple of Lord Shiva – Amarnath is located in Srinagar, Kashmir and situated on Mount Amarnath. Amarnath yatra has a religious significance for Hindus as they believe it is an entry door of heaven.This pilgrimage is one of the toughest pilgrimages across the world. The shrine is said to be 5,000 yrs old. The shrine forms an important part of Hindu mythology.  
     
  . Inside of Amarnath Ji Cave, Lies an Ice Stalagmite resembling Shiva Linga, which waxes during May to August Month and gradually melt thereafter Pilgrimage. This Lingam is said to grow and shrink with the stages of the moon, reaching its height during the summer festival "Amarnath Ji Yatra Darshan".  
     
  According to Hindu mythology, this is the cave where Lord Shiva explained the secret of life and existence to his divine concord Parvati. Two other ice formations represent Parvati and Shiva's son "Ganesha". This cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888m (12,756 Ft), about 141 Km from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The Central Reserve Police Force & Indian Armies and Indian Paramilitary Forces maintain a strong presence in the region due to security concerns. Amarnath Yatra history shows that many Mughal emperors also participated in pilgrimage to Cave temple.  
     
  Amarnath is a 150 feet high and 90 feet long cave located nearly 145 km east of Srinagar. Located in a Himalayan glacial valley at a height of approximately 4,000m the cave has four ice formations, which are considered figurines of different Hindu gods.  
     
  The biggest figure is regarded as that of Shiva. On the left side of the lingam there is an ice formation that is considered to be Ganesha. Similarly, formations representing Parvati and Bhairava are on the right side of the ice lingam.