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Shri Amarnath Yatra Darshan
Shri Amarnath Yatra Darshan allows the people without considering religion, caste and gender to Amarnath Temple. It is in the holy cave of Pahalgam town, Anantnag District of Srinagar. Most of the Hindus around the world want to visit the temple at least once in a lifetime. The deity of this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Lingam as Shri Amarnath or Amareshwara. Amarnath temple is one in 18 Maha Shakti Peetas. Scroll down to know the details of Amarnath history, the Best time to visit Amarnath, Amarnath yatra darshan timings.
According to the legends, Once Goddess Parvathi asked Lord Shiva about the Mund Mala(A Necklace of Skulls) which he wore around his neck. Then Lors Shiva replies that he every time adds a new skull when goddess Parvathi Die and restores her life.
Keeping that in mind, Goddess Parvathi was very curious and wants to ask about how Lord Shiva attains the immortality. In order to clear her curiosity regarding Immortality, Lord Shiva wants to narrate the story of Amar Katha. As this is a universal secret and by listening gives immortality, Lord Shiva wants a place where there is an absence of a living thing. So, in search of that place he reached a cave. While in the journey to the cave he let go all the living thing including his son Lord Ganesha, his snake, Nandi, the moon god.
After reaching the cave, Lord Shiva sat on the skin of deer along with Goddess Parvathi. He then created Kalagni a Rudra and ordered him to eliminate all the living things near to the cave. Afterwards, Lord Shiva started narrating the story of Amar Katha to Goddess Parvathi. During his narration, a pair of pigeon eggs are hatching and listened to the story of Amar Katha.
And now the cave where Lord Shiva narrated the story of Amar Katha is calling as Amarnath Cave. In addition, we can see the 2 pigeons flying around the cave which is believing that they attain immortality according to the legend. During his search of a cave, it is believing that he left his Snake in Sheshnag Lake, his Nandi at Pahalgam, the Moon at Chandhanwari, and Lord Ganesha at Mahaganesh Mountain.
Years passed by, while the discovery of the Amarnath temple happens when the sage Kashyap cleared this pace by creating the tributes to huge water present here. And Sage Bhirgu on his spiritual journey visited Lord Shiva in the form of ice lingam and started worshipping him. It is believing that sage bhirgu was the first person to visit the temple after Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.
However, the discovery of the Amarnath temple also has another local story. In that, a shepherd named Buta Malik. One day as the duty of shepherd, he went along with his sheep. On his way, he met a saint. The saint offers shepherd to carry a bag of coal to his home.
After reaching home, Shepherd opened the bag and saw that bag full of gold. In order to thank him, the shepherd came back to the same place where they met but he saw a cave along with the lingam of Lord Shiva. Thereafter, people started coming from different place to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. And the number is increasing hundreds to thousands year by year till date.
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The Best Time to Visit Amarnath:
As Amarnath Temple is in the snowy Himalayan Mountains, it is impossible to visit the temple all around the year. Besides that, the temple opens during Sravan Masam in Hindu Calendar.
However, the opening day comes on Vyasa Poornima and the closing day is on Sravana Poornima according to Hindu Calendar which will change year to year. So, it better to check before visiting the temple.
Moreover, the months of July and August are the best time to visit the Amarnath Temple.
Shri Amarnath Yatra Darshan Timings:
The Amarnath yatra darshan is available from 6:00 AM in the morning to 6:00 P.M at night. As the route to reach the amarnath temple is a trek route, only 1500 devotees are allowed by the temple authorities in between the age of 14 to 74. And for Amarnath Yatra Darshan we need to reach before 3:00 PM in the pony (or) trek ride. If we don’t reach by 3:00 PM we need to stay in the nearby tents and go for darshan the next morning.
Pratha Pooja celebrates on the Vyasa Poornima and Chhari Mubarak celebrates on the Sharavan Poornima. However, Pratha Pooja and Chhari Mubarak are the openings and closing celebrations of Amarnath Temple.