Travel in Mexico to the land of the Maya

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Travel Guide: Amarnath Yatra

The holy cave of Amarnath, dedicated to the god Shiva, is a Hindu shrine perched at 4,000 meters above sea level. Not far from Pahalgam, a hundred kilometers east of Srinagar, the Shri Amarnath Yatra attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims who travel to the holy cave of Amarnath during the month of sawan (July-August). Go up to the cave of Amarnath is the completion of each trip in the Kashmir valley.

From Baltal and thus in the opposite direction to the one described here you can reach Amarnath and back in a day, reaching Srinagar in the evening. A detour to the cave of Shiva is advisable to return from Ladakh as well acclimated, you can do the day trip.

The optimal solution is instead to follow the pilgrimage of Shrawan Purnima (full moon of July-August), when thousands of pilgrims and holy men led by sadhus perform the annual pilgrimage. Among the participants also many young married couples asking for fertility, and therefore a son of Shiva and Parvati. The yatra is rigidly organized no children allowed less than eight years and, unfortunately, takes its toll among the elderly participants.

Climb up to the cave at sunset is an inspiring moment. The air vibrates with feeling, the emotion is intense and culminates when the full moon check from the ridges and floods the valley with its light. The glacial valley then offers an unforgettable sight: thousands of pilgrims come to the light of the full moon waiting to enter the cave; many of them slump exhausted, the torches are merged to form small fires, the police maintains strict order treading the long bamboo on the head of someone trying to overtake the row in the confusion hovering sellers and Kashmiri yogi in which the strength of faith is expressed through burning eyes burned from the gangue.

Shiva is the Hindu God who plays the role of a purifier and a destroyer of evil. Shiva is one of the most worshiped deities of Hindus and hence the Amarnath Yatra is one of the most awaited pilgrimages for his devotees. The temple of Amarnath is believed to be the place where the Lord had spoken secrets immorality and his wife goddess Parvati. Amarnath Yatra in India is therefore what is considered supernatural powers consistent and can free the soul of the cycle of life and death.

The devotees set on this tour to pay obeisance to their gods and see the ice Lingam inside the holy cave of Amarnath. Located at a height of 14,500 ft. This is a very challenging trekking, only recommended for pilgrims physically fit. The snow-capped mountains in the region produce awe inspiring vistas and the echoes of the entire panorama of the constant chanting of the name of the Lord Shiva, the atmosphere is quiet inspiring.

It is believed that the shrine has existed for more than 5000 years and thus has a very important place in Hindu mythology. As the legend was due hereafter constant insistence of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva who had revealed the secret of creation and the immorality of her. Looking for a place isolated to reveal the secret, the Lord Shiva had chosen the high altitude of the mountain to pronounce the sacred secret. The devotees who want to visit the sanctuary is supposed to leave for their worldly goods in order to achieve final enlightenment. This pilgrimage tour in India is therefore considered one of the best ways to get connected to the supreme power and to achieve spiritual peace.

Amarnath Yatra by Helicopter

The Amarnath caves are located on the heights tapered and the tour at Amarnath Temple in India is a challenging five-day trek along. Through the long hours of trekking pilgrims passes by various panoramic scenery including sacred sites as Chandanwari, Sheshnag mountain, Mahagunas pass, beauteous pastures Panchtarni and more.

Those with disabilities or older people can also make a visit to the holy shrine of their deity through a helicopter ride. These are the new modes of transport available for the convenience of tourists. The helicopter rides are available for Amarnath Yatra every day except for bad weather. These helicopters are functional between Srinagar and Baltal and Amarnath, the Amarnath yatra making a comfortable stay at the holy shrine.

Itinerary in brief

Pahalgam (2,286 m) - Chandanwari (d. 2743)
Chandanwari (d. 2743) - Sheshnag (d. 3179)
Sheshnag (d. 3179) - Panchtarni (d. 3500)
Panchtarni (d. 3500) - Amarnath (4,175 m) - Baltal (d. 2743)

Pahalgam (2,286 m) - Chandanwari (d. 2743)

From Pahalgam road under construction for Chandanwari. A rest house and lot of land for camping. The village is a seasonal settlement at the confluence of the streams and Sheshang Anantnag. Checkpoint of the yatra. The police stopped the kids younger than twelve who then reintrufolano later in the column of pilgrims.

Chandanwari (d. 2743) - Sheshnag (d. 3179)

Many trails. That followed by the yatra rises to Pisu Gali (Pisu top, m. 3,420, 1:25 a.m.): roadhouse at army tents. Continue to Zojila (m. 3500, 2:25 a.m.-1h) which can be reached without difficulty, but one tear at a waterfall. Field near the shores of Lake Sheshnag (m. 3719, 3:40 a.m.-1h15) or you can continue to the village of Waban place at a vantage point overlooking the lake: rest house and tents (d. 3950).

Sheshnag (d. 3719) - Top Mahagunas (d. 4700) - Panchtarni (d. 3500) 4h

From Wav Jan to Panchtarni are about 11 kilometers. It is the heaviest stage of the pilgrimage because participants must reach Step Mahagunas to about 4,500 meters. The road is very good in the period of the Yatra. At the beginning of the season there are snow-covered slopes and snow bridges. You can climb the Mahagunas Top (d. 4700), not far from the top which dominates the landscape. It then descends to Panchtarni, a small seasonal settlement whose name means five rivers (small hotels, restaurants, PWD rest-house). Who does not follow the yatra can get here directly from Chandanwari in a single day.

Panchtarni (d. 3500) - Amarnath (4,175 m) - Baltal (d. 2743)

The final climb to the cave is about eight kilometers. Arrived at about 4,000 meters above a valley and can be seen in front of the Satsing-la (4,115 m). The pilgrims who arrive on foot or on horseback from Baltal must cross it and go down to a bridge to go back to where you are now. The trail turns to the north, is lowered slightly on the basin of Amarnath and continues on snow and rocks. About a mile before the cave there is a stone building where they are constantly prepared drinks and hot food for the pilgrims (2h30 'from Panchtarni).

Access to the cave is difficult: the faithful are thousands, have to wait for the last eight or ten hours and will come in mid-day. Inside, beyond the fence, the Shiva-lingam of ice is higher or lower depending on the season, in a niche side lies the icy surface which represents Parvati. A third column of ice is Ganesh. A bell marks the prayers of the faithful who are tired and happy start to Baltal where in the meantime the bus arrived to take them back.

The three blocks of ice liquefy with the passing of the summer, and more snow is added by sadus as already noted Swami Pranavananda who spent the summer of 1929 at the cave. Opposite the cave, there is a mountain called Bhairav ​​Ghati (it is one of the names of Shiva). pilgrims Since it committed suicide. Now the practice would be prevented by the police who oversees the path of ascent.

Deviation for Ladakh

From the valley of Amarnath and from that of Panchtarni there is the possibility, already from April, to cross the Great Chain and descend towards Matayan and Drass encountering the road in that month is already cleared of snow. The crossing is not easy. It should be well equipped and accompanied by local experts of the path.


Jeevan said…
Looks like a pilgrimage for paradise! Awesome shots on the Yatra...

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