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Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath Yatra

According to the Reg Veda Shiva is the living God of holy trinity. Vedic hymns, myths and rituals testify his presence from the dawn of the time. The holy shrine of Lord Shiva is situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Liddar Valley. It is situated at 14000 ft. above the sea levelat a distance of 46 Km from Pahalgam and 141 Km from Srinagar. The area is covered with snow from September to June and the cave opens only in July and August. According to a legend Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in the Amaranth cave. Unknown to them a pair of mating doves listen to this conversation and learned the secret. They reborn again and again and thus have made the cave their eternal abode. Here the image of Shiva is formed naturally of ice and thus waxes and wanes with the moon. By its side there are two more fascinating ice-lingams are also made one of which is of Parvati and the other one is of their son Ganesha. The yatra in the present religious form commences with the ceremony of "Chari Mubarak "at Dashnami Temple, Akhara Srinagar. They can hire ponies and dandies for the trip. The more common practice to begin the journey is from Pahalgam and undertakes the onward journey of 45 Km on foot in batches. There are various encampments that are set up at a fixed distance that are fully protected by the military personals to protect the pilgrims. The distance from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is completed in 5-6 hours with the first night halt at Chandanwari. From Chandanwari there begins a steep ascent to Pissu Ghati reminding the yatris that the path of salvation involves the superhuman struggle and stamina. The next destination is Sheshnag which overwhelms the yatris with its marvelous beauty and ambience. The second night halt is at Wawjan. The third and final camp en route to the cave is at Panchtarni. The cave is just 6 Km from here. There is a long queue waiting to enter to the cave for holy darshan. The return journey takes two more days. The Jammu and Kashmir Department provides various registration and booking facilities at various base camps. They help the yatris at different en route stations during the yatra. A good network of telecommunication and transport services is also available at different stations for the convenience of yatris.

How to reach Amaranth by Air The nearest aerodrome is Srinagar. Flights are arranged regularly from Srinagar. Air routes from Chandigarh are also arranged during the week days. Amritsar is a new addition to this list.

How to reach Amarnath by Rail The nearest railhead is Jammu which is at a distance of 193 Km from Jammu. Jammu Rajdhani, Andaman express, Himgiri Express are some of the trains from Delhi, Chennai and Howrah to reach Jammu.

How to reach Amarnath by Bus:- Jammu and Srinagar has a good network of motorable roads. Yatris can hire various state transport buses and luxurious coaches that would drop them at Amaranth.


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