Amarnath Cave Temple

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Amarnath Cave Temple
The cave temple at Amarnath is a shrine dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and contains a large ice stalagmite that resembles the Shiva Linga.

The cave is well known in Hindu mythology as the place where the god Shiva parted his wisdom about the secret of life and eternity to the Hindu goddess Parvati who was the second consort to Shiva, it is said that a pair of doves were listening in at the time and also learned the secret and are reborn over and over again and have made the cave their home.

The cave contains three ice stalagmites that rise from the floor, the main stalagmite represents the Shiva Linga and there are two more that represent Parvati and Ganesha their son. This is an important pilgrimage site for Hindu's many of which visit during the holy month of Shravana during the Shravan Festival.

Attraction Location Guide
Amarnath Temple is located in Amarnath in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India and is around 140 kilometers away from the city of Srinagar.