The Blessing of Bhole Baba in Amarnath Is Only Thing One Achieves

Shiva is the third person of the trinity of Hinduism also called as destroyer. Shiva, the living god is mentioned in the text Rig Veda as Rudra. The astronomy testifies the existence of Lord Shiva. The scriptures hail Shiva has the chief of yogis who has the power to dissolve and create the universe with the opening and closing of the third eye. Therefore the Lord is also called as Trinetra. In India, Shiva is worshipped since the time immemorial and this is evident by the number of Shiva temples that exist in the different parts of the country. One of the very important cave shrines of Lord Shiva is the Amarnath cave of Jammu and Kashmir. One can reach the cave from Pahalgam, a very important hill station of the region. As per the sculptures, Shiva has a place in the Himalayas. The lord lived like the ascetic and did not construct a palace for Himself. The consort of Lord is Parvati and He has a son named Ganesha. Ganesha or Adi deva is the first deity to be worshipped in Hinduism and without Ganesha; the worship will not be perfect. Shiva was married yet He was an ascetic. The tale of Amarnath cave is quite interesting. It is said that Shiva spoke about immortality to Parvati in this cave and while he was speaking, a pair of pigeons were hearing the story. Because of this, this pigeon pair attained the state of immortality. In the present times, the pilgrims can see the pigeons with their eyes.

The trekking pilgrimage to the sacred cave of Amarnath starts from July till the month of August. These are the months of Shravan as per the Hindu calendar. In the cave is the ice lingam, a symbol of Lord Shiva. Apart from this, there are other ice formations representing Ganesha and Parvati. As per the tale, a Muslim shepherd discovered the cave. The name of the shepherd was Buta Malik. He got a coal sack from a sadhu here but as he returned home, the sack became the sack of gold. He went back to thank the Sadhu but could find the cave instead. Even to the present time, a part of the donation in this shine goes to the descendents of Buta Malik. In order to reach the cave shrine, the pilgrims have to cross the Mahagunas pass.

There is yet another legend associated with Amarnath cave. It is said that the cave was discovered by Bregish Rishi during his way to the Himalayas.

Trip to Amaranth Shrine

Shiva is one of the holy trinity. The most holy and oldest book of India, the Rig Veda brings to mind his presence in its hymns. Vedic myths, ritual and even astronomy bear witness to his existence from the time immemorial. But Shiva, the destroyer, the mendicant, can not be defined: he is a big yogi, the guardian of the unlimited.

Shiva is considered to have made his abode in the Himalayas. He built no cottage or shelter, for himself or for his wife. He was a hermit.

Legend has it that Shiva narrated to Parvati the secret of universe in a cave in Amarnath. Unknown to them, a pair of mating doves listened to this conversation and having learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their everlasting abode. Many pilgrims state seeing the doves-pair when they trek the strenuous route to pay their respect before the ice-lingam (the phallic representation of Shiva).

The trek to Amaranth is done in the month of Shravan (July-August). A large number of pilgrims flock to this unbelievable shrine, where the image of Shiva, in the shape of a lingam, is formed naturally of an ice-stalagmite, and which waxes and wanes with the moon. By its side are, interestingly, two more ice-lingams, one of Parvati, and other of their son, Ganesha.

Positioned in a tapered gorge at the farther end of Lidder valley, Amarnath is at a height of 3,888 m and is 44.8 km from Pahalgam and 141 km from Srinagar. Though the initial pilgrimage meant that the yatra be undertaken from Srinagar, the more widespread practice is to begin journey at Pahalgam, and cover the distance to Amarnath and back in five days. Pahalgam is approximately 96 km from Srinagar.

The trek from Pahalgam to Amarnath cave is on a very old peregrine route. The distance is 45-km and is covered in four days, with night stoppages at Chandanwari, Sheshnag (Wawjan) and Panchtarni. The distance from Pahalgam to Chandanwari (12.8 km) is covered up in about five to six hours, and the track runs along the Lidder River. Pilgrims collect here on the first night out. A major draw here is a bridge covered, year round, with ice even though the environs are free from it.

The next day’s trek, of 13 km, is through stunning, primeval countryside, and the main centre of magnetism is Sheshnag, a mountain which derives its name from its seven peaks, similar to the heads of a mythological snake. The third day’s 13 km trek gradually gains height, winding up across Mahagunas Pass at 4,600 m and then downhill to the meadow-lands of Panchtarni, the last camp on the route to the holy cave.

From Panchtarni to Amarnath it is only 6 km, but an early morning’s start is suggested for there is a long queue awaiting entrance to the cave. The same day, following darshan, devotees can return to Panchtarni in time for lunch, and carry on to Wawjan to spend the fourth night out; or continue further to Zojibal, coming back to Pahalgam on the fifth day.