Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft), about 141 km (88 mi) from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town. The shrine forms a significant part of Hinduism, and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. Snowy mountains surround the cave. The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims. Thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on challenging mountainous terrain to see an ice stalagmite formed inside the cave.
According to religious beliefs,in the 11th century AD Queen Suryamathi gifted banalingas, trishuls and other sacred emblems to this temple.Apart from this,there are many other references for in our ancient texts about this temple.’Pratham Pujan’ marks the beginning of this annual pilgrimage yatra.Devotees have to travel on their foot while completing the yatra.
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