Best Religious Places to Visit in Shri Amarnath Ji

Shri Amarnath Ji Cave Shri Amarnath Ji cave is a religious shrine elevated at an altitude of 12,756 feet above sea level on the hilltop of Mount Shri Amarnath Ji. Over a 5000-year-old cave, Shri Amarnath Ji is the holiest shrine of Lord Shiva and one of the most sacred pilgrimage spots for Hindus. These caves are situated around 68 km from the capital city Srinagar and can be reached via Pahalgam.

Inside the cave in the mountain, water drops trickle down from the top and freeze into ice, creating an ice stalagmite which Hindus believe is a phallic symbol of Hindu God, Lord Shiva, and is called Shiv Linga. The natural ice formation of Shiv Linga waxes from May to August and gradually wanes after that.

This lingam is said to grow and shrink with the moon’s phases, reaching its height during the summer festival of ‘Shravan,’ the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, i.e., July to August. During this time, lakhs of believers from every corner of India take the arduous journey to the shrine, braving harsh weather and rugged terrain motivated by what they call ‘God’s calling.’
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Mamleshwara Temple Mamleshwara Temple, on the banks of the glacial Kolahoi river, is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located 2 km from Pahalgam, this single-structured temple is entirely built of stone and highlights the heyday of the Hindu rulers. The temple archaeology presents the brilliance of ancient craftsmanship. The Rajatrangini mentions the temple's redecoration by King Jayasimha (1128-1155 AD), who ornamented the temple with a golden finial.

The temple is a significant worship place, attracting pilgrims worldwide. It is said that the courtyard's spring is the same where Goddess Parvati used to take a bath and directed his son Ganesha to prohibit anyone's entry while she was inside. While safeguarding the entrance, Ganesha denied Shiva access, leaving him furious. In anger, Shiva decapitated Ganesha. Later upon Parvati's insistence, Lord Shiva restored his life.