"For those who
journey with faith, it is a rewarding
experience, this simple visitation to a
cave-shrine, the home of the Himalayan
mendicant who is both destroyer and healer,
the greatest of the Hindu God"
District is famous for the Amarnathji cave
situated at Mount Amarnath whose altitude is
about 5,486m above sea level. The world famous
shrine of Amarnathji is situated about 48 Kms.
from Pahalgam and attracts devotees from all
over India. It is located in the upper reaches
of District Anantnag at an altitude of about
13,000 ft. from the sea level. Because of this
height, the cave is covered with snow for most
of the year. Only for a short period in
summer, the entrance is accessible. The cave
is an ice cave, it contains a certain amount
of ice stalagmites.
The cave is a holy place for Hindu pilgrims,
because of its ice content. The ice pillar
present inside the cave is also called ice
lingham, the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Two
smaller ice stalagmite represent Parvati, his
wife, and Ganesha, his son. The Hindu pilgrims
also believe, that the height of the lingham
increases and decreases with the phases of the
moon. In the month of Shravan, on the full
moon in August, thousands of Hindus go on a
pilgrimage up to the cave. At this time the
lingam reaches its biggest size.
The majority community in the district always
welcomes the devotees with wide open arms,
while the yatries are on their way to and
from the cave. Enroute one come across scenic
beauty of Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panjtarni.
The temples of Mattan, Martand, Anantnag and
Bijbehara which fall enroute are also worth