Amarnath Dham located in Kashmir near Baltal is one of the most important Hindu Dhams in India. Going on a pilgrimage tour to Amarnath is regarded as something a devout Hindu, especially the Shaivites (Lord Shiva believers) must do at least once in his/her lifetime.
Amarnath yatra is not only good for spiritual point of view but it has amazing health benefits as well. Here we are sharing Health Benefits of Amarnath Yatra below.
Health Benefits of Amarnath Yatra
There are many scientific reasons to embark on this journey to putting aside the spiritual reasons. The difficult trek challenges one out of his comfort zone.
Climbing up mountains needs discipline and stamina. Mountain is a very strict teacher in that sense. The undisciplined and unprepared will not be able to reach the cave walking on foot. Every day, one has to follow a healthy schedule whether one goes solo or with a travel company. They need to jog/run for at least half an hour and do exercises especially the stretching exercises. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and low back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back.
One embarks on a trek like Amarnath Yatra or even Kailash Mansarovar to Chardham Yatra, the pilgrimage tests the mettle of the pilgrim’s physical stamina and willpower. Moreover, the fresh air revitalizes us to great extent. The trekking is tough but the winding hilly path through serene hilly woods and rivers makes one feel oneness with nature.
The mesmerizing scenery with views of rolling hills, lush forests and cascading water streams themselves are reasons to embark on these journeys and savor the beauty of the mountains.
The deskbound lifestyle of today’s world has led to a steep rise in several medical complications. Trekking through the mountains takes you away from the din of the city and the polluted air. The tough trek in the Himalayas toughens the muscles and bones and also pumps up the heart muscles. It also puts the challenge to one’s willpower. There are many who are physically challenged and completes the Amarnath Yatra, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and Chardham yatra in Uttarakhand by sheer mental stamina and willpower.
Pilgrimages in the Himalayas or even the trekking are rewarding journeys. The pure oxygen that floods through the hills is rejuvenating. It fills your lungs with the fresh air which comes as a great breather far from the automobile and industry polluted air of the cities. During the journey, it is prohibited to take non-vegetarian food and alcohol drinks. Therefore, the plain food habit flushes out the toxins and even restores the pilgrim’s health.
Then there are medicinal benefits to taking a holy dip in the thermal water tanks as well as mountain streams which are rich in medicinal property as the water streams touch many herbs and medicinal plants along the way. The hot springs that one comes along to during Chardham Yatra are full of many life-saving minerals and bathing in it cures many chronic illnesses. The doctors also subscribe to the therapeutic values of the hot water spouts. As well as mountain streams that flow on the upper reaches of Himalayas.
Last but not the least, the absolute tranquillity of the snow-capped mountains has a meditative ambience which relieves you of the constant meaningless chattering of the mind within. The chanting of mantras and the ringing of the bell echoing through the mountains too help in embalming the traumatized soul in the maddening crowd and convolutions of the urban life.
Here are some of the health benefits of hiking/trekking:
- Improved cardio-respiratory fitness
- Improved muscular fitness
- Improved heart health and lesser chances of stroke
- Lower risk of colon and breast cancer, and possibly lung and endometrial cancer
- Increased bone density or a slower loss of density
- Lower risk of early death
- Weight control (treks could burns up 370 calories an hour)
- Lowered risk of diabetes and high blood pressure
- Weight loss
- Lower cholesterol
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Helps promote better sleep
- Improved immune system
- Reduced depression and better quality sleep