Amarnath Cave, perched at an altitude of 3,888 m, is a holy cave dedicated to lord Shiva. Considered as an integral part of ancient Hindu mythology, this cave is believed to be 5,000 years old. The dimensions of this cave are 60 ft in length, 15 ft in height and 30 ft in width.As per the legends, this cave has an important religious significance as it was here that Lord Shiva revealed the secrets of immortality to his wife, Goddess Parvati.Inside the cave, devotees can see an ice stalagmite resembling the Shiva Linga. This linga waxes from the month of May to August, which buffs and fades with the Moons cycle. During the months of May to August, the cave is all ready to celebrate the summer festival.Along with the lingam of Lord Shiva, devotees can also see the ice lingams of Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha. Flocked by tourists from all across the world, this cave is under close surveillance of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indian Paramilitary Forces. In order to have a holy voyage to the Amarnath temple, tourists need to get prior permission from the authorities.
Baltal Amarnath Trek, Forest Block, Anantnag, Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir 192230