Amarnath temple is located in Jammu and Kashmir cellars. It is about 75 ft high and at least 80 ft deep, measuring about 40 yards across its outer mouth. This stays under the snow throughout the year except in the June and July summer months, when the snow melts enough to make it accessible. This is the only time devotees do the annual Amarnath pilgrimage.
While Lord Shiva played around with Mata Sati’s burnt corpse and Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra on the skull, the throat of Devi Adi Shakti is said to have fallen on top of Amarnath Cave, located in Jammu and Kashmir. A temple was built to protect and worship this part of Mother that later became known as the Temple of Amarnath.
The form of Mata Parvati being worshipped in Amarnath is that of Devi Mahamaya, and Trisandhyeshwar is the form of Shiva which is said to protect his wife’s neck. According to mythology, Trisandhyeshwar had been named by Lord Shiva to shield Sati’s throat from evil forces and nature’s vagaries. Today, Amarnath is one of the world’s most famous religious Hindu sites, and also a key element of Kashmir Tourism. Between Kashmir’s beautiful valleys lies a legend that can transform and is transformed into an inseparable part of spiritual devotion through history.
It is absolutely essential to travel to all the Shakti Peethas at least once in your life, not only because they are important religious places, but also because this pilgrimage will complete your understanding of Shaivite philosophy. Hindu religiosity has an underlying energy theory. The throat is considered an important source of man’s life-force, according to Hindu spiritual belief, which is more a way of living than a formal religious practice. It is the throat that gives us a sense of the passage: it allows for voice, food consumption and also a means to achieve creative perfection. Scientifically, the throat also contains several of our body’s essential nerves. The Mommy Divine throat symbolizes the purity of expression.
The collar of Mata Shakti is not the only special feature of the Temple of Amarnath. Because of the extremely low temperatures in Amarnath, there is a stalagmite within the temple caves that were created by the water dripping down from above being frozen. Nevertheless, in shape, the stalagmite looks just like a Shivlinga, which is said to symbolize human libido or life force.
Devotees believe this is not amere co-incidence in Nature, but a God manifestation that follows Amarnath. Mata Shakti is inseparable from the Ardha-nareshawara who committed suicide in her husband’s honor. Wherever there is some aspect of her, its other half has to be manifested. Incidentally, Amarnath is also another name for Shiva-Lord of the Immortals. Nevertheless, this Shivlinga is said to be slowly melting in recent times, due to global warming. Research on conservation is underway, but that just gives us one more excuse to protect nature. Not only do other forms of life repulsively leave our universe but our gods too!
Amarnath can be reached from Srinagar via Pahalgam which would travel about 100 km by bus. From Chandanwari it is about 20 km away on foot. Amarnath has also been prominently featured in several fictional works. The one worth mentioning is the’ The Krishna Key’ of Ashwin Sanghi, which fuses the philosophies of Shaivite and Vaishnavite and discusses Amarnath as a place of spiritual progress.
Amarnath is something more of a cave than a shrine. There are two other ice-formations symbolizing Parvati and Ganesh other than the Shiva Linga. It’s said that this was the location where Shiva demonstrated to his divine consort Parvati the meaning of life and eternity. Different NGOs have set up food stalls and shelters along the way because it takes five days to reach the shrine on foot. Helicopters are available too. Tents are built down the road. The government provides a lot of protection to the place every year, but one has to be careful of the crowds. It’s not this trip for the faint of heart.
Amarnath is said to be one of India’s most holy sites of Hindu ism, and year after year, by the sheer number of people who go on pilgrimages to the shrine, we get proof of its divinity. It is also one of the shrines with the most controversy. More than a hundred people died of a stampede near Amarnath just a few years ago, in 2012. It’s one Shakti Peetha that you need to be careful about. Choose to fly at a time of year when the rush isn’t big. It is absolutely not recommended to go to Amarnath during important Shaivite festivals such as Maha Shivratri. The Universal Supreme is not attained at just one point of the year … Whenever the heart is ready to embrace His greatness it can be attained.
How to Reach Amarnath Temple
Baltal Amarnath Trek, Forest Block, Anantnag, Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir 192230
The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) operates regular buses to Pahalgam and Baital from Jammu and Srinagar.
Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station to Pahalgam from where the trek begins.
The nearest airport is the Srinagar International Airport.
Best Hotels Near Amarnath Temple
- WelcomHotel Pine N Peak – Member ITC Hotel Group
- Zebrina Guest House Pahalgam
- Hotel island Pahalgam
- Hotel Alpine K2
- Heevan Pahalgam