Saturday, June 21, 2008

All About Amarnath

Shiva is one of the holy Trinity of the Indian mythology. And linga? Well, that is the phallic symbol of Shiva. That is Amarnath. Shiva lingas are a common sight everywhere and worshipped in every nook and corner of India.
Then what is so special about the one in Amarnath? Here it is a natural formation of snow seen only during July-August every year. And it waxes and wanes with the moon. There is not just one. There are two more ice stalagmite, close to the main one. These represent Parvathi, Shiva's consort, and their son, Ganesha.
There is a legend associated with Amarnath: It's that Shiva disclosed the secret of creation to Parvathi in a cave at this place. That was overheard by a pair of doves. Once the secret was known, they could be reborn and reborn. Doves can, therefore, be sighted at Amarnath cave even today.
There is another on the creation of the cave. That the Amarnath cave and the lingam were discovered when Kashyap rishi drained the Kashmir valley, which was a lake at that time, of all waters.
A third one has a little historical anecdote underlying Amarnath cave. It is that once upon a time a sadhu gave Buta Malik, a Muslim shepherd, a bag of coal which on his reaching home turned gold. The spot where the bag got changed hands became a pilgrim centre. A part of the donations received at the Amarnath temple is given to the descendants of Malik Saab every year even today.


Amarnath yatra is considered as the most sacred pilgrimage in the Hindu religion.The yatra is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the Holy Trinity.The secret of Amarnath cave lies in search for a secret place on the part of Lord Shiva to unfold the secret to his spouse parvati as to why he had to wear the chain of human skulls around his neck. The story is being revisited through this expose on the eve of the beginning of the Amarnath yatra from today which will end up in the month of August this year round.

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