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Amarnath Yatra  (SHIVA) Introduction
Amarnath Cave is named after Mount Amarnath (5,486m a.s.l.), where it is located nearly 4000 m high. Because of this height, the cave is covered with snow for most of the year. Only for a short period in sommer, the entrance is accessible. The cave is an ice cave, it contains a certain amount of ice stalagmites.

What does Shiv ling means? 
The word Ling in shiv ling has come from two words that is Leen and Gati. Leen means dissolve and Gati means grow. It means man should dissolve(Leen) in shiva  then he should grow(Gati). (leen+ga)= ling. 
Most people around the globe think that meaning  of ling in concerned with gent's sex point but this is 
totally wrong theory. These are my views.  Rajesh Chopra

he cave is a holy place for Hindu pilgrims, because of its ice content. One very characteristic pilar of ice is believed to be an ice lingham, the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Two smaller ice stalagmite represent Parvati, his wife, and Ganesha, his son. The Hindu pilgrims also believe, that the height of the lingham increases and decreases with the phases of the moon. In the month of Shravan, on the full moon in August, thousands of Hindus go on a pilgrimage up to the cave. At this time the lingam reaches its biggest size.

The pilgrimage is somewhat dangerous. The big height and the low temperature, combined with the under-nourished state of many people, cost a yearly toll. Sometimes, like in 1996, bad weather increases the number of fatalities dramatically.

A legend tells, that Shiva explained the secret of creation to Parvati in the cave. Two mating doves heard this and now live in the cave for eternity, being reborn again and again. This legend is confirmed (at least in the eyes of believers) by flocks of doves near the cave, with no vegetation around.

Another legend tells that Kashyap Reshi drained a big lake, which became then the Kashmir valley of today. The cave was discovered by Bregish Reshi

AUG-1996 260 people died on their pilgrimage in the wake of a storm.

One of the most important event during July/ August, is Amarnath Yatra  to the Holy Pilgrimage. This is an annual event when thousands of Hindus from different corners of the Globe visit Amarnath caves. The pilgrims trek from Pahalgam to these caves and worship the great ice Lingam.
Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in a cave in Amarnath. Unknow to them, a pair of mating doves eavesdropped on this conversation and having learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report seeing the doves-pair when they trek the ardous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva).
This is an event  you certainly will talk about for the rest of your life.


Day 1 Delhi/Srinagar 
On Arrival in Srinagar transfer to Houseboat. Afternoon city tour. Overnight in Houseboat. 

Day 2 Srinagar/Pahalgam(256kms) 
Morning Drive for Pahalgam. Check in Tented camp. 

Day 3 Pahalgam/ Sheshnag 
Early Morning Depart to Sheshang. Overnight at the Camp. 

Day 4 Sheshnag/Pahalgam 
Morning Depart to for Panchtarni. Overnight at the camp. 

Day 5 Panchtarni/ Amarnath cave (6 kms altitude 3962mts) 
Start early morning for Amarnath cave, after darshan overnight at Panchtarni. 

Day 6 Panchtarni/Pahalgam 
After Breakfast Depart for Pahalgam to Srinagar. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 7 Pahalgam/Srinagar 
After Breakfast Drive From Pahalgam to Srinagar. Overnight at Houseboat. 

Day 8 Srinagar/Delhi 
Departure to the Airport for flight to Delhi.

There is famous Rigvedic Verse that says "Ekam Sat " that is "There is one Being ,the sages call Him by many names." The  God (Parmeshwar) has three deities who carry on the world .This is Known as Holy Trinity. Brahma- the creator, Vishnu - the perpetuator of life and Shiva (Mahesh ) -the purifier and perpetuator of good and destroyer of evil. Rig Veda refer Shiva as Rudra as in its following verse .  "We Worship Tryambaka (Rudra) , Who spread Fragrance and Increases Nourishment , May He release me ,like the cucumber from its stem , From Mortal Life , But not From Immorality . "(Rig Veda Mandal VII Sukta 59 and Mantra 12)
    The Yajurveda describes Shiva as ascetic warrior Whose robe is of Deer Skin  and He carries Trishul . 
According to the verse Satyam, Shivam ,Sundaram ,the life is described as having three facets Truth (Satyam), Good (Shivam) and the Beautiful (Sundaram).
      Shiva is also worshipped for internal strength to carry on good deeds. As Guru Gobind Singh pray "Deh Shiva Var Mohe Ahey ,Shubh Karman Te Kabhun Na Tarun ,Na Darun Arson Jab Jaye Laroon, Nischey Kar Apni Jeet Karoon."( O! Shiva bless me that I could never desist from Good deeds, I shall never fear if I have to fight Evil , I Shall be victorious with certainty ."
        Shiva is a living God. The most Sacred and  ancient books of India, the Rig Veda narrates His presence in the hymns. Vedic myths, rituals and even astronomy testifies to His existence from the dawn of time .The Mohindaro and Harapa findings confirm Shiva worship in the ancient India. According to the older scriptures, He has three places  of His residence. One is  Kailash Parvat another  is Lohit Giri under which Brahamputra flows and third is Muzwan Parvat . 
  The Amarnath Cave has special significance .
    The  Legend about the  importance of Amarnath Cave is as follows :-
      This is The Cave which was chosen by Bhole Shankar  for narrating the secrets of immortality and creation of Universe  to Maa Parvati ji .   The story goes like this  .   Centuries ago Maa Parvati asked Shiv ji  to  let her know why and when  He  started wearing the beads of heads ( Mund Mala)  .   Bhole Shankar replied when ever you are born  I add one more head in my beads .  Maa Parvati said ,"  My Lord, my body is destroyed every time  and I die again and again, but you are Immortal. Please let me know the secret of this ." Bhole Shankar replied that it is due to Amar Katha ."
         Maa Parvati insisted that she may be told that secret.  For long Shiva ji continued postponing .   Finally on consistent demand from Maa Parvati He made up his mind to tell the immortal secret . He started  for    lonely  place  where  no living  being  could  listen  it .  He choose Amarnath Cave .  In preparation to that He left His Nandi ( The Bull which He used to ride )  at Pahalgam (Bail gaon) .  At Chandanwari He released Moon from his hairs (Jataon). At the banks of Lake Sheshnag He released the snakes .  He decided to leave his Son Ganesha at Mahagunas Parvat (Mahaganesh Hill ) . At Panjtarni, Shivji  left the Five Elements behind (Earth , Water, Air , Fire and Sky)  which make living being . He is the Lord of these elements.  It is believed that as a symbol of sacrificing the earthly world , Shivaji and  Maa Parvati  had Tandav Dance . After leaving behind all these, Bhole Shankar enters the Holy Amarnath Cave along with Parvati Maa . Lord Shiva takes his Samadhi on the Deer Skin and concentrate . To ensure that no living being is able to hear the Immortal Tale , He created Rudra named Kalagni and ordered him  to spread fire to eliminate every living  thing in and around the Holy Cave . After this He started narrating  the secret of immortality to Maa Parvati . But as a matter of chance one egg which was lying beneath the  Deer skin remained protected . It is believed to be non living and more over it was protected by Shiva -Parvati Asan (Bed) .  The pair of pigeons which were born out of this  egg became immortal  having listened the secret  of immortality (Amar Katha). 
 Many pilgrims report seeing the pair of pigeons  when they trek the arduous route to pay their obeisance before the Ice-Lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva).
Discovery of Holy Cave
The story narrated by people about the discovery of this Holy Cave  is of  a Gujjar ( shepherd) Buta Malik . He is given the credit of discovering this Holy Cave  . Story goes like this , that a saint gave Buta Malik a bag full of Coal. On reaching his home when he opened the bag , to his  utter surprise the bag was full of gold coins . This made him overwelmed with joy. He  ran to thank the Saint . But,  what he found was that  the  Saint had disappeared . Instead , he found  The Holy Cave and Shiv Lingam there in . He announced the discovery of this  to the Villagers. Then onwards this has become the sacred place of Pilgrimage .
    The ancient epics narrate an other  story which  goes like this. The valley of Kashmir was under water .It was a big lake. Kashyap Rishi drained the water through number of rivers and rivulets . In those days Bhrigu Rishi came that way on a visit to The Himalyas. He was the first to have Darshans of this Holy Cave . When people heard of the Lingam, Amarnath for them  became Shiva’s abode and a Centre of pilgrimage . Since then Lacs of devotees perform the pilgrimage through tough terrain and avail eternal happiness.
The trek to Amarnath, in the month of sharavan ( July–August) has the devout flock to this incredible shrine, where the image of Shiva, in the form of a Lingam, is formed naturally of an Ice Stalagmite, which waxes and wanes with the Moon's cycle . By its side are fascinating, two more Ice Lingams, that of  Maa Parvati and of their son, Ganesha .
Who is Siva? 

Understanding God As He is worshiped at Kauai's Hindu Temple 

God Siva is among the most mysterious, complex, compassionate and profound conceptions of the one
Supreme Being to be found in the religions of mankind. He is looked upon as the Creator, Preserver and
Destroyer of all existence, the Cosmic Dancer who animates the universe from within. He is honored as
Pure Love, Light, Energy and Consciousness. He is contemplated as the timeless, formless and spaceless
Absolute Reality. In all three of these perfections is Siva revered in Kauai's Hindu temple. 

In Ways to Siva, curator Joseph Dye Lahendro wrote: "Who is Siva? What is Siva? To His devotees, Siva
is everything: He is the root and support of the universe; He is the creative-destructive flow of life that
rushes through it. He is motion and calm, male and female, light and dark, ascetic and lover, everything
and its opposite. Siva is an ambiguous God who embodies, defines and reconciles within Himself all of
life's processes and paradoxes. Siva is existence. He embodies the structure of the universe." 

Living with Siva, by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, explains, "Siva dances in the atoms throughout this
universe. Siva dances energetically, eternally. Siva is eternal movement. His mind is all-pervasive, and
thus He sees and knows everything in all spheres simultaneously and without effort. Siva is the Self, and
He is the energy we put forth to know the Self. He is the mystery which makes us see Him as separate
from us. He is the energy of life, the power in the wind. He is the dissolution called death, the peace of
motionless air. He is the great force of the ocean and the stillness on a calm lake. Siva is All and in all.
Our great God Siva is beyond time, beyond space, beyond form and form's creation, and yet He uses
time and causes form. He is in the sky, in the clouds, in the swirling galaxies. Siva's cosmic dance of
creation, preservation and dissolution is happening this very moment in every atom of the cosmos. God
Siva is immanent, with a beautiful human-like form which can actually be seen and has been seen by
many mystics in visions." Twenty centuries ago Rishi Tirumular, a South Indian saint, praised Siva's
dance: "In all worlds He is, the Holy Lord. In darkness He is, light He is. In sun He is, in moon He is.
Everywhere He is. The Lord is in all creation. None knows His coming and going. He is distant. He is
near. Multiple He is. One He is. Water, earth, sky, fire and wind, the spark within the body--all these He
is. He is the walking soul here below. Deathless He is." 

The religion of Siva: Those who worship Lord Siva are Saivites, and their religion is called Saivite
Hinduism. Saivism represents roughly half, perhaps somewhat more, of Hinduism's one billion members.
It shares more common ground than differences with other denominations. Scholars tell us Saivite
Hinduism is mankind's oldest religion, the venerable Sanatana Dharma. They trace its roots back 6,000
years and more to the Indus Valley civilization. But sacred writings and legend tell us that there never was
a time when Saivism did not exist. Its grandeur derives from a sweet tolerance for the views of others,
coupled with a practical culture, an emphasis on personal spiritual effort and experience, the perception
that God is everywhere present, and therefore no aspect of life may be divided from religion, and a
joyous devotion to the one God which all men worship and which it knows as Siva, "the Auspicious
One," and the knowledge that Truth lies within man himself. 

The four sacred Vedas, mankind's oldest scriptures, intone, "To Rudra [Siva], Lord of sacrifice, of hymns
and balmy medicines, we pray for joy and health and strength. He shines in splendor like the sun,
refulgent as bright gold is He, the good, the best among the Gods (Rig Veda 43.4­5)." "He is God, hidden
in all beings, their inmost soul who is in all. He watches the works of creation, lives in all things, watches
all things. He is pure consciousness, beyond the three conditions of nature (Yajur Veda, Svet.U.6.11)."
"There the eye goes not, nor words, nor mind. We know not. We cannot understand how He can be
explained. He is above the known, and He is above the unknown (Sama Veda, Kena U. 1.3)." "Fire is His
head, the sun and moon His eyes, space His ears, the Vedas His speech, the wind His breath, the universe
His heart. From His feet the Earth has originated. Verily, He is the inner Self of all beings. (Atharva Veda,
Mund.U. 2.1.4)." 

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