About Amarnath Yatra
Amarnath Yatra is an annual pilgrimage that takes place every year to the Holy Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft). The cave remains under the sheath of snow for the larger part of the year, except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims and Shaivites.
Each year, lakhs of Shiva devotees make the sacred pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on challenging mountainous terrain to witness and worship the ice stalagmite in the form of a Shiva Lingam. In 2011, Amarnath Shrine received about 6.34 Lakh devotees, the highest recorded number for the site. Get more information here: Amarnath Travel Guide
Amarnath Fast Facts
Amarnath General Travel InformationAltitude: 3888 mts (12756 ft)
Famous For: Amarnath Cave (Ice Shivling)
Currency: INR (Rupees)
State: Jammu and Kashmir
- The shrine is about 5000 yrs. old and has numerous references in ancient Hindu texts.
- The Holy Cave is visited by pilgrims during the festival of Shravan Mela in July-August, which also coincides with the Hindu month of Shravan.
- The Chhadi Mubarak is carried by a Muslim and also the shrine itself is believed to be discovered by a Muslim.
- There are two routes to reach Amarnath Shrine one from Baltal and another from Pahalgam.
Amarnath Yatra Important Tips (Things to Know before Planning to Amarnath Yatra 2016)- Registration for the Yatra must be made at least a month before its commencement.
- Start daily walks and breathing excercise atleast a month before yatra starts.
- Pilgrims should be medically fit before yatra. A medical certificate is mandatory for everyone going on the Yatra.
- Although medical facilities are available during the Yatra, a first aid is an essential.
- Instructions issued by the Yatra administration, from time to time must be strictly followed
- Women are advised to avoid sarees and opt for salwar kameez, track suits or trousers.
- Hire only a registered ponywalla or porter, Don't attempt short cuts on the route.
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