The Amarnath Cave
The Amarnath Cave(Photo: PTI)
  • 1. What's the Popular Story Around It?
  • 2. What Led to the Discovery of the Cave?
  • 3. What's the Route to Amarnath?
  • 4. What Tragedies Befell Amarnath Pilgrims?
Amarnath Yatra: The Pilgrimage Guarded by Guns

One of the most famous and gruelling pilgrimages, the Amarnath Yatra attracts devotees from all over the country every year to visit the holy cave in Jammu and Kashmir. Pilgrims trek for kilometers in life-threatening weather conditions and under threats of terror attacks to pay obeisance to the ice Shiv lingam that forms inside the cave every year.

Heavily guarded by security forces, the pilgrimage has claimed several lives due to terror attacks and adverse weather conditions, but continues to attract lakhs of devotees each year. Here are the myths, legends and the tragedies that befell pilgrims undertaking the Amarnath Yatra.

  • 1. What's the Popular Story Around It?

    Amarnath – meaning the immortal lord – is one of the many names of Lord Shiva.

    The Amarnath cave is popularly believed to be the place where Lord Shiva revealed the secret of his immortality to goddess Parvati. However, there are many versions of the tale across cultures.

    According to one of the legends, Lord Shiva chose a lonely place to reveal the secret where no living being could overhear him – which turned out to be the Amarnath cave.

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