Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine in Jammu & Kashmir which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees cross numerous stops in between their way to Amaranth cave. All spots have religious significance because it is said that Shiva along with his wife Parvati had stopped at each of these destinations while on his way to Amarnath.
The Shivling in the cave is the symbol of people’s faith and trust. It is highly believed that as a symbol of sacrificing the earthly world, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati had Tandav Dance. After that they both enter the Holy Amarnath Cave. Here Lord Shiva took his Samadhi on the Deer Skin and concentrated.
Today, you will read 8 unique things Lord Shiva Did Before Reaching Amarnath..
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There are two ways for Amarnath journey
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According to mythology, Lord Shiva took Pahalgam route to reach the Amarnath cave. This was the first placce where Lord Shiva stopped to take rest. It is believed that he sacrificed his ‘vahana’, Nandi, at this location.
This is the next place after Pahalgam and is 16 kms from it. Did you know why this place is known as Chandanbadi? Because Lord Shiva sacrificed the moon from his head here.
After Chandanbadi is Pissu Top which was Shiva and Parvati’s third stop. There is a belief that for the darshan of Amarnath, a fight between the Gods and Demons occurred. Gods defeated the Demons and a mountain was formed because of dead bodies of demons. Since then this place is known as Pissu Top.
After Pissu Top, Shiva next destination was Sheshnag. Here Lord Shiva had dropped the snake(Nag) from his neck. Sheshnag is 12 kms from Chandanbadi.
This place is around 4 to 5 kms from Sheshnag and Lord Shiva had left his son Ganesha here.
Shiva halted here to sacrifice the 5 Panchabhutas here, i.e
Amarnath Cave –
This is the last and final desination of the amarnath journey. The cave is located at an altitude of 13,500 feet and the path of 3 kms to the cave is covered with snow. It is believed that here only ice Shivaling is formed and Shiva told the secret of immortality to Parvati at this place.
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