Lord Shiva is known by many names and Amarnath (The Immortal God) is one of the many names given to Lord Shiva.The holy shrine cave of Amarnath is situated in the North Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir at an altitude of 3,990 metres above sea level.The Holy Cave of Amarnath is just 141 km from Srinagar and 45 km from Pahalgam.
The Amarnath Cave is considered to be the most sacred temple in India dedicated to Lord Amarnath or Shiva. People beleive that Lord Shiva revealed the secret of creation and immortality to Goddess Parvati.
The journey to this Holy Cave of Amarnath is known as the Amarnath Yatra.It takes place every year during the month of July and August. It is during this time that the natural Shivalingam (made of ice) is formed in the cave attaining full form on the full moon day. By the left side of the lingam there is ice stalagmite, representing Lord Ganesha & on right side is Godess Parvati.
The way to Amarnath Cave passes through one of the toughest treks and cannot be done by the week hearted. A proper medical checkup is required and only those pilgrims who are considered fit are allowed to take the Amarnath Yatra. The route to the holy cave is unique and beautiful. The Sheshnag Lake is an added attraction on way to the cave. The mountain lake is surrounded on all sides by seven peaks that look like the head of a snake called Sheshnag
Jammu & Kashmir State Government organizes the annual Yatra to Holy Amarnath Cave.The registration can be done from the many tourists offices located at various cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jammu and Srinagar.