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Amarnath Yatra 2019: Amarnath cave and its some mystery

There is a Dham Amarnath cave among many holy shrines of Lord Shiva. This cave of Amarnath is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In Amarnath cave, Lord Bhole Shankar had told the story of immortality to Mata Parvati. From the mere sight of Baba in the Amarnath cave, the person easily crosses many obstacles in life. Amarnath’s holy journey has been started from 1st of July. Every year in this cave, natural Shivling is built, for which the devotees of Bholenath come from abroad to see. Let’s know the importance of Amarnath cave and its mystery.

Importance of Amarnath cave

According to the belief Lord Shiva narrated the story of immortality to Mata Parvati sitting in this cave. For this reason, this cave is of great significance. Every year in this cave, Shivlinga is made from natural ice. In addition to Shivalinga, there is also a snow-like Linga of Lord Parvati and Shiva Putra – Lord Ganesha.

Shivalinga and Mata Shakti together

In the Amarnath cave, Baba Bholenath is situated on the same seat, where Mahamaya Shakti Peeth of the goddess Sati is located. In this place the throat of the goddess Sati was dropped. In the same place, at the same time, the desire of all kinds is filled with the philosophy of Shivling – Shaktipeeth.

Discovery of New Cave

The Amarnath cave was discovered nearly 500 years ago and the credit for finding is given to a Muslim, Buta Malik. The descendants of Buta Malik still live in the place called Batkot and are directly connected to the Amarnath Yatra.

Everything was abandoned before the story of Amarakatha

First of all Lord Shiva gave up his Nandi, where he left Nandi, he goes to Pahalgam. The journey of the Amarnath cave starts from here. After this, the moon was freed from its jata. Wherever the moon is abandoned it is called Chandanvani. After that Lord Shankar left the snakes holding in the throat. This place was called Sheshnag. After this, Shivaji left Ganesha on the Mahagunas mountain, where Mahadev abandoned the insects called Pisu, the place is Pisu valley.

Pigeons also listened to Amarkatha

There was also a pair of pigeons during Amarkatha, who listened the story and blowing the voices in the middle. Mahadev is listening to the Parvati story. The pigeons became immortal after hearing the Amarkatha. Even today in the cave, a pair of pigeons appears. It is believed that even today the devotees of the two pigeons see the philosophy.

How to Reach Amarnath

How to Reach Amarnath via Flight

One must deboard at the Sheik Ul-Alam International Airport Srinagar to reach Amarnath via air. There is a day by day flight administration from Delhi and Jammu and on certain days, flights likewise handle from Chandigarh and Leh. The airport is situated at a separation of 96 km from Pahalgam. One of the courses to Amarnath Cave begins from Pahalgam and directions a trek of around 48 km.

How to Reach Amarnath by Road

Jammu and Srinagar are the nearby cities that have the possibility to take a trip to Amarnath by road. Jammu is in a 247.7 km separation from Pahalgam. After arriving at both destinations, one should attempt a trek to the Amarnath Ji Shrine.

How to Reach Amarnath via Train

There are no local trains to Amarnath. In any case, you can land at the Jammu train station, which is 384 km from the Amarnath cave. From that point, without much of a stretch you can get a transport to Pahalgam or Baltal from where you can start your trip to the Amarnath cave via cab or taxi.

On the other hand, the pilgrims can book helicopter to reach Amarnath from Pahalgam.

Chardham Yatra 2019: Importance of Pilgrimage and Who Made these Temples

Each year on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, the holy Chardham yatra begins with the opening of the kapat of Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham. Chardham Yatra Package started on May 7 this year. After two days of opening of Yamunotri and Gangotri kapat, on May 9, Kedarnath Temple Kapat opened and Badrinath Dham Kapat opened on May 10 for all visitors. Each year, thousands of pilgrims from the country and abroad come to visit Chardham with great devotion. Let us know the meaning of Char Dham Yatra, who made them and started the trip to Chardham first.

Kedarnath Dham of Lord Shiva is located in Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand, Badrinath of Lord Vishnu in Chamoli, Gangotri Dham of Mata Ganges on Uttarkashi and Yamunotri Dham of Mata Yamuna in Uttarkashi district.

It is said that in the 8th-9th century, Adiguru Shankaracharya discovered Badrinath. The idol of Lord Badrinath was in a cave near the elevated pond and in the sixteenth century a king of Garhwal kept him in the current temple. Kedarnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. In the 1950s there was greater movement in terms of religious tourism.

As mentioned in Skanda Purana, Garhwal was used to recognize as Kedarkhand in past, where we can find the explanation of Kedarnath Dham. Kedarnath is mentioned in the Hindus epic sculpture Mahabharata also. It is said that after the end of Mahabharata war, Pandavas came here to worship Lord Shiva for salvation and wash away the sin of killing own tribe brothers. It is believed that the Kedarnath temple was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. The description of the Badrinath temple is found in Skanda Purana and Vishnu Purana which was also discovered by Adi Guru Shankaracharya.

The Nepalese Gorkha Fighters ruled Kumaon-Garhwal from 1790 to 1815. And it is believed that the Gangotri Temple was built at the same time by the General of Gorkha, Amar Singh Thapa. The true temple of Yamunotri was built in the 19th century by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur. Although it is also said that Yamunotri was built by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri.

Religiously, the Chardham yatra has immense significance. The followers of Hinduism go to the temples of Uttarakhand and visit them in search of sacred places of pilgrimage. This trip is available only in summer. In the winter the Kapat of all the Dhams is closed. It is said that char dham provide liberation. There is such a belief that the Chardham Yatra can obtain salvation.

The Priests Worship By Binding a Bandage on Their eyes And Mouth

Uttarakhand is not called as godland only. Apart from Hari Nagar Haridwar, Rishikesh and Chardham : Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, there are also many mythical temples of deities. One of these temples is Latu Deity. This temple is situated in remote village varieties under the Deval Vikas Khand of Chamoli district. Latu Deities Temple are situated at an altitude of 8500 feet above sea level. Latu Deity is considered to be the religion brother of goddess Nanda Devi of Uttarakhand. This is the 12th halt of the longest ‘Sri Nanda Devi Ki Raj Jat Yatra’ in Uttarakhand, in the 12th century. Latu Deva congratulates Nanda Devi from Hemkund to Varan village.

It is said about the Latu Deity temple that ‘Nagraj’ resides with the Mani in the form of Sarvshit inside this temple. The devotee is afraid to see the nag, and therefore the mouth and eye belt is formed. It is also said that the smell of the priest’s mouth did not reach the deity, hence the bandage is kept in the mouth of the priest during worship. Figures are not seen in the Latu Deity temple. Only the priest goes for worship within the temple.

According to the villagers, ‘Nag Mani’ is in the temple. Eyes can be lighted on seeing the Mani, so the priest enters the temple by binding the bar on the eye and devotees worship the devotees at a distance of 75 feet from the temple. On the day the valves of the Latu Deity temple open, on that day the text of ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ and ‘Bhagwati Chandika’ is also organized. The Latu deity considers the locals as ‘Adhabad deity’. The valmet of the temple of Latu Deities situated in the varieties opens only once a year. A huge fair is organized on this day. There is great reverence among the people towards the Latu deity. People come to the temples of Latu and take their pleasure, they say, Manokamana sought is fulfilled from here.

There is such a legend about Latu Deity that when Lord Shiva was married to Devi Parvati, also known as ‘Nanda Devi’. To depart, all the brothers went to Kailash. It also included cousins ​​Latu. Latu was so thirsty in the way that he started wandering around for water. Meanwhile, the Latu deity was seen to show a house and entered the house in search of water. The owner of the house was elderly. The elderly said to Latu Deva that drink water in the corner, drink water. Inside the glass pot, there was water in the pot (locally made raw liquor) and the second pot of soil, but life (local level raw liquor) remains so clean that Latu takes it as clean water and drinks it. .

When Latu learns that he has drunk alcohol in the water, then soon after the wine starts showing his effect. Latu deities begin to add to their drunkenness. Seeing this, Goddess Parvati gets angry and puts Latu in jail. According to the order of Goddess Parvati, the Latu deity is always kept in captivity. It is believed that the Latu deities are held in the prison as a huge snake. Do not be afraid to see the priest, so he binds his eyes to open the door of the temple.

8 amazing facts about Kedarnath Dham

The famous pilgrimage of Lord Shiva’s Dham, Kedarnath has been opened for the next six months. Let’s know these 8 major things of Shiva’s Dham.

1. Height and location:

The temple of Kedarnath is at an elevation of 3593 feet. How this temple was built at such a height, it is still considered a miracle. It cannot be imagined today. Puja of the temple is considered to be one of Kartaratha Dvashash Jyotirligs.

2. Mystery about its establishment:

There is no authentic mention of who built the temple, but yes it is also said that it was founded by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. Puja of the temple is considered to be one of Kedarnath Dwadash Jyotirling. In the morning, the Shivji-Nanda is naturally bath and it is ghee-coated on it. Thereafter, aarti is being lit by burning incense in the sun. At this time travelers and Ganas can enter the temple and worship them, but in the evening god is made to be done. They are decorated in a variety of sparkling manner. The devotees can only see it from a distance.

3. Lord Shiv’s Formation and Panchkedar:

The priests of Kedarnath are the only Jangala Brahmins of Mysore. Shankar bull is worshiped in Shri Kedarnath as a figure of the back. It is believed that when Lord Shankar took the form of a bull, the upper part of his body appeared in Kathmandu Nepal. Now there is a temple of Pashupatinath. Shiva’s arms appeared in Tungnath, in the mouth Rudranath, Nabhi Madamadeshwar and Jata Kalpeshwar. Therefore, in these four places, Shri Kedarnath is said to be a Panch kedar. Here are the magnificent temples of Shivaji.

4. Timing:

During the visit, the temple of Kedarnath ji opens to the general devotees at 7:00 p.m. Special Puja is done from one to two o’clock in the afternoon and after that the temple is closed for relaxation. Again the temple is opened for public viewing at 5 o’clock in the evening. By making a statue of the five-headed Lord Shiva duly making it, regular aarti takes place from 7:30 to 8:30. At 8:30 p.m, the temple of Kedareshwar Jyotirling is closed.

5. Kedarnath is brought to Ukhimath:

In winter, Kedarghati is covered with snow. Although the opening of the Kedarnath temple is started, but it usually closes before the 15th of the month of November and after six months, ie Vaishakha (13-14 April) the kapat opens. In such a situation, the Panchvata statue of Kedarnath is brought to ‘Ukhimath.’ The statue is worshipped also here by Raval ji. In Kedarnath, the public receives the receipt by depositing the fees and accordingly he performs the puja-aarti of the temple or receives the offerings.

6. Worship and Incarnations:

Pali in the worship of God, Mahavishak Pooja, Abhishek, Short Rudrabhishak, Shodshopachar Poojan, Ashtapachar Poojan, Sampri Aarti, Pandava Pooja, Ganesh Pooja, Shri Bhairav ​​Pooja, worship of Parvati ji, Shiva Sahastranam etc. are the chiefs of this Jyotirlinga. The history of establishment is summarized in the Himalayas on Kedar Shringa, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Mahapatva Nar and Narayan Rishi used to perform penance. Lord Shankar appeared pleased with his worship, and according to his prayer, he gave the bride to be eternally in the form of Jyotirlinga. This place is situated on Kedar, the Kedarnath mountain range of the Himalayas.

7. Connection with Pandavas in Mahabharat

The story of Panchkedar is believed to be that when Pandav was victorious in the battle of Mahabharata, Pandavas wanted to get freedom from the sin of fraternal. For this, he wanted to get the blessings of Lord Shankar, but he was content with those people. Pandavas went to Kashi for the visit of Lord Shankar, but they did not find him there. Those people came to the Himalayas while searching for them. Lord Shankar did not want to see the Pandavas, so they went from there to Kedar and settled there. Pandav, on the other hand, was also strong enough to persevere, and he followed Kedar after him.

8. Lord Shiv, Bull and Bhima

Lord Shiva took the shape of the bull by then and then gets included in other animals body. Pandavas had become suspicious. So Bhima took his huge form and spread the legs on two hills. All other cow-bulls left, but Shankarji’s bull was not ready to go under the feet. Bhima fastened on this bull, but the bull fell into the ground.

Then Bhima caught the body of the triangular back of the bull. Lord Shankar was pleased to see the devotion of Pandavas, the firm resolve. He gave immediate visions and liberated the Pandavas. From that time it is worshiped in Shri Kedarnath as the shape of the back of Lord Shankar Bull.

Top 5 best SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN YAMUNOTRI

1. Yamunotri Temple :-

Yamunotri temple is the most important place among all the places in Yamunotri and this temple is dedicated to goddess Yamuna. The Yamunotri temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa in 18th century and was re-built again in 19th century because of getting damaged twice by snow and floods, this temple is located at an elevation of 3291 meters above from sea level.

2. Surya Kund :-

The temperature of Surya kund is around 88◦c and is situated near Yamunotri temple. It is considered to be the offspring of Lord Surya, the spring was named after Goddess Yamuna who is believed to be the daughter of Lord surya and is use for boiling things, due to it’s high temperature you cannot take dip inside it.

3. Saptrishi Kund :-

This kund is 10 km in distance from Yamunotri and is situated at an altitude of 4421 meters above from sea level.  It is a place where Saptrishi meditated and from here river Yamuna originates.

4. Janki Chatti :-

Janki chatti is a small town located at a distance of 10km from Yamunotri and at an elevation of 4421 meters above from sea level. The place is famous for pilgrimage and a hot spring near it, this place is also popular for 7km trekking from Hanuman Chatti to janki Chatti.

5. Hanuman Chatti :-

Hanuman chatti is a place where a popular temple of lord Hanuman is situated and the place is 13 km away from Yamunotri and 2400 meters above from sea level, from Hanuman Chatti you can do trekking for Darwa top and Dodi Tal.

6. Barkot :-

Barkot is a popular hill place for tourism and is famous for it’s beauty, it is located at a distance of 50 km from Yamunotri and at an altitude of 1220 meters above from sea level from here you can see the wonderful panoramic view of Mountain peaks.