Holy Cave

     
  The cave of Amarnath is a popular Holy shrine among the Hindus. The Amarnath cave consists of the formation of an ice stalagmite due to melted snow which drops from the roof of the cave with a vertical growth from the floor which is considered to be a Shiva Linga worshipped extensively by Hindus. Another common myth is that the lingam increases in size depending on the position of the moon which reached its peak is summer and then shrinks which is also called Purnima.  
     
  According to some Hindus, it is perceived that the significance of the Amarnath caves is linked to the importance of life to Parvati, and there are two formations in ice which represent Parvati and her son Ganesha.  
     
  Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath Shrine stands at 3,888 m, 46 Km from Pahalgam and 14 Kms from Baltal. Though the original pilgrimages subscribes that the yatra (journey) be undertaken from Srinagar, the more common practice is to begin journey at Chandanwari, and cover the distance to Amarnathji and back in five days. Pahalgam is 96 Kms from Srinagar.  
     
  Amarnathji is considered to be one of the major Hindu Dhams. The holy cave is the abode of Lord Shiva. The guardian of the absolute, Lord Shiva, the destroyer, is enshrined in the form of an ice-lingam in this cave. This lingam is formed naturally, which is believed to wax and wane with the moon.