Amarnath Temple Place for Snow Shivalingam:
Amaranth temple is a famous Hindu temple in India. This temple is a very sacred place to the Hindus and located in Kashmir. The temple surrounded by Himalayan Valleys. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and dated back to 5000 years. This is a cave temple and seated 12750 ft high above sea level. Every year a large number of devotees visited the temple from various place in the world. They visit the temple and worship Lord Shiva for seeking salvation and inner peace. Here the holy Shiva Lingam is formed with the ice. During the months of May to August, water drops fall into the Amarnath cave and froze under the extremely low temperature. The Holy Shiva Lingam formed and started melting after August. The Pilgrims can watch the water drops through the cave freezing on Shiva Lingam. Here the form of the Shiva Lingam seems a miracle and caused the devotees to keep faith in the sacred place.
Origin of the Amarnath Temple:
According to the Hindu mythologies, once Lord Shiva wanted to explain the secret of life and eternity to Goddess Parvathi. So he wanted an isolated place, where no one can allow hearing the secret. He chose a cave which is surrounded by Himalayan ranges. Then Shiva left his vehicle Nandi at Pahalgam, His son Lord Ganesha in Mahaguna hills, Snake at the Lake Sheshnag and the five elements of life at Panjitarni to protect the isolated discussions of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. They all blocked every creature to cross the Amarnath cave. Then Lord Shiva explained the Amar Katha to goddess Parvathi. At the meantime, a pair of doves overheard the secret lessons which are abiding in the cave. Whenever the doves heard the secret story, they became immortal. Still, we can see a dove pair in Amarnath cave, which is believed the same doves.
Story Behind the Popularity of Amarnath Temple:
Once there lived a poor shepherd called Buta Malik. He daily took out his herd to the hilly area. One day Buta Malik met a sage and worshipped him, then the sage gifted him a bag of coal. Buta Malik reached home and poured the coal on the ground which turned as gold. Then Buta thought the sage was not a normal person, quickly ran back to meet him and not found. But he founded a Shiva Lingam in a cave, where he met Sage. He worshipped Shivalingam and revealed the miracle to his villagers. Thus the place became very famous.
Attractions Around Amarnath Temple:
Here the main attractions, Shiva Lingam and snow covered Himalayan range. The Shiva Lingam formed naturally and melt according to decreasing size of the Moon. Here the Goddess Parvathi and Lord Ganesh temples famous. Amarnath and Pahalgam are other Pilgrim places.
During the months of April to October are the best visiting times to visit Amarnath. The government providing the best facilities to the pilgrims. The Indian army is also playing a crucial role for the safe journey of the Pilgrims.