Amarnath Yatra

The cave of the Supreme

The snow scattered mountain sides are breathtaking, the narrow gorges, dangerous; trekking though these paths demanding. But at the end of this journey is the divine bliss of the darshan of the icy Lingam that is said to be the embodiment of Lord Shiva. The journey starts from Pahalgam, though the ravines, meadows and valleys, through the stillness of nights and the bright summer days, as the path leads the devotees to the holy cave of his divinity There is a shorter route from Baltal, but it's much steeper and only the fit can trek though here. The journey arrangements are made by Shri Amarnath Shrine Board with the co-operation of  the locals, the villagers, the NGO's, the army and the police personnel. Their sincere efforts facilitate an unforgettable spiritual experience for the pilgrims. The Amarnath yatra is only open for one and a half months around the holy month of Shravan.

Legend

Mythological legends describe the cave as the holy place where Lord Shiva disclosed to Parvati devi the secrets of the immortality of life. The great sage Bhrigu is the first to have had darshan of the Lingam in the holy cave, the story of which then spread to different parts of the country and turned the place into a sacred pilgrimage spot. Another story narrates how a shepherd Buta Malik discovered the holy cave. Story goes that on top of the mountains a saint gave him a bag of coal. On discovering that the bag was full of gold, the boy went back to thank the saint. The saint had disappeared but the Shiv Lingam was existent inside the cave. The boy's story spread around the villages and the cave became a sacred place for devotees. Over the years, the sacred pilgrimage consisting of demanding trek through the scenic vista of the Himalayas is undertaken by lakhs of devotees in search of the divine.

Deity - Temples

Diety :-  Lord Shiva

Temple Covered :-

Amarnath Temple

Purpose

The journey to the sacred cave of Lord Shiva is a test of a devotee's physical as well as mental strength. The entire pilgrimage through the arduous treks helps in achieving spiritual discipline. The darshan of the lingam in the cave is believed to help devotees fulfil their wishes and help them in obtaining salvation.

Who can go?

The trek to Amarnath temple is difficult and dangerous.
Those with any kind of medical conditions are advised to avoid the yatra.
Aged and children will find it difficult in the high altitudes and rugged terrain.

Yatra Preparations

Get a registration done about a month ahead of the date fixed for the commencement of Yatra.
The journey involves trekking across high mountains sometimes in unfavourable weather conditions. Prepare for the Amarnath yatra by achieving a high level of physical fitness need for the journey.
A thorough medical check up should be done before the trip.
It is necessary to take medical insurance before the start of the journey

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Area Covered

Jammu & Kashmir
Language spoken : Urdu, Kashmiri

Auspicious Days

The full moon day of the Shravan month is when the icy lingam of the Lord reaches its zenith. The day is considered especially auspicious.

Any contact numbers?

Helpline numbers by Shri Amarnath Shrine Board - +91 942501679, +91 9469722210+91 9469722210



Best time to Travel

The cave temple is covered with snow for the most part of the year and is open only during a short period in summer, during the month of Shravan(July/Aug)

Duration

The journey by foot/ponies will take around 6 to 7 days from Srinagar.
The yatras by helicopters can be done in 3-4 days.

Travel Method

The base camp of the yatra can be reached by a combination of air/rail and road while after that there is a trek to reach the holy cave. Ponies/Palkies are available for those who cannot walk. Of late, chopper services are also available.

Crowd Expected

Since the shrine is open for only for a short period, heavy crowds can be witnessed. There is an increase of pilgrims during the full moon day. The yatra has recorded an average of 400,000 pilgrims in the last few years.

Festivals

The full moon day of the Shravan month is when the icy lingam of the Lord reaches its zenith. The day is considered especially auspicious.

Must Haves

Woollen clothing, umbrella, coat, comfortable shoes, torch etc will be needed for the journey.
Water bottles, dry fruits & chocolates to help with altitude sickness, essential medications, sunscreen, cold cream etc should also be carried by the devotees.
Devotees are advised to keep the yatra permit and identity card at all times with them.

Health Awarness

Though the Shrine Board provides basic medical facilities along the way and near the cave, it is advised that those with any medical conditions like cardiac diseases, asthama, high blood pressure etc avoid the yatra. Women who are more than 6 weeks pregnant shall not be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage. Similarly, children below 13 years and people above 75 years are not permitted for the pilgrimage.

Additional Info

All the information regarding the Amarnath yatra is available at www.shriamarnathjishrine.com. Please read the site carefully before registering for the yatra.

Climate

The temperature during the days are usually in the high twenties, though in the high altitudes the sun can be scorchingly hot. But climate in these regions is highly unpredictable. It changes abruptly from sunny weather to rain and snow. The temperature can suddenly fall to 5 degrees Celcius or lower.

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