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Amarnath Temple is a sacred shrine and the most important place for Hindus. It is located in the Pahalgam of Jammu & Kashmir. Lakhs of pilgrims travel to amaranth for a vision of the holy site Amarnath cave.
Amarnath cave situated at the Amarnath Peak has been famous since ancient times because lord Shiva once arrived here with Goddess Parvati.
Interesting facts about Amarnath Cave
1.The length of the Amarnath cave is 11 meters and the width is 16 meters. The cave is spread over an area of approximately 150 feet.
2.It is also one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in the world.
3.Amarnath cave's holy importance not only depends on the formation of snow Shivalinga every year but according to scriptures, at this place Lord Shiva told the story of immortality to Goddess Parvati.
History of Amarnath-
4.In the ancient Sanskrit book ‘Rajtarangini’ by Kalhan, which is an account of the ancient history of Kashmir, you can find the reference to the Amarnath cave.
5.In the book it is mentioned that Kalhan was a great devotee of Lord Shiva who used to worship snow shiva linga in the forest.
6.According to a Mythical tale, Lord Shiva from his third eye emitted a fireball and created a fissure on a hill and Amarnath’s cave was created.
Discovery of Amarnath-
After a long time, it was discovered by humans.
7.It is in the scriptures that Sage Bhrigu discovered the holy shrine of Lord Shiva. The Valley of Kashmir was submerged in the water. When Rishi Kashyap drained the river waters from the place, Bhrigu was the first who had a vision of Lord Shiva at Amarnath cave.
8.Researchers and locals believe that a Muslim shepherd named Buta Malik met the saint in Amarnath cave. He gave him a bag of coal when he reached home and surprised that coal turned into gold. When he returned to thank that saint, he found the Amarnath shrine.
Sacred Story Behind Amarnath Cave-
9.According to mythology, Lord Shiva told the story of immortality to Goddess Parvati, before revealing the secrets he went to the Amarnath cave with Goddess Parvati, so not even a single living being can hear this secret.
10.He took the route of Pahalgam to reach the cave.
11.When he decided to tell the story of Amarkatha to Goddess Parvati, he did a few important things between the routes of Amarnath cave. Lord Shiva left everything he wore on his body.
12. In the route of Pahalgam, he left his Vahana Nandi “A Holy Cow” to this place.
13. Next to the Pahalgam, at this holy site Lord Shiva sacrificed the moon from his head. According to the legend, moon waited for Lord Shiva to return here. Because of this significance, this place is known as Chandramoli.
14.According to Amarnath philosophy, demons and gods fought each other for the darshan of Amarnath. Gods took the help of Lord Shiva and defeated the demons. So as a result mountain of dead bodies of demons was formed, known as Pissu Top.
15. Lord Shiva left his snake in Sheshnag. According to mythology, this divine serpent takes an abode to the lake here which is known as Sheshnag Lake.
16.Just after the Sheshnag, located at an altitude of 14,000 feet. Lord Shiva left his beloved son Ganesha at Mahagunas Mountain.
17.Just before reaching the Amarnath cave, it is believed that Lord Shiva sacrificed the five Panchbhutas. They are earth, fire, air, space and water. It is believed that five rivers emerge out from the hair of Lord Shiva. This place is known as Panchtrani.
18. In 2019, approximately 3.15 lakhs of pilgrims visited Amarnath within 26 days. It broke the records of past four years.
19. Amarnath devotees can also find two ice lingams of Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha along with the main Shivalinga of snow.
20. According to mythology, when Lord Shiva was telling a story of Amarkatha to goddess Parvati, there were two pigeons. They listened to the entire tale of Amarkatha and became immortal. The pair of pigeons is even now visible near the cave.