Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Shrine of Amarnath...

The shrine of Amarnath is believed to be abode of Lord Shiva. A stalactite, formed by water dipping through the limestone roof of the cave, has formed in the shape of a natural ‘Lingam’. The ‘Lingam’ waxes and wanes with the moon. Each year, in the month of Sawan (July/August), several thousand pilgrims start for the cave from Pahalgam to make obeisance on the full-moon day. Elaborate arrangements are made for the yatra. Route: Pahalgam to Chandanwari (16 km, altitude 2895 mtrs). Mule track and jeepable road.

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