Amarnath Yatra is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m, about 141 km from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town. The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism,and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism.The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. 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. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave across challenging mountainous terrain.
The Amarnath temple is one of 18 Maha Shakti Peethas, or "Grand Shakti Peethas" – highly revered temples throughout South Asia that commemorate the location of fallen body parts of the Hindu deity Sati. .
The Amarnath Shrine Board is responsible for the better management of the Amarnath Yatra. The Amarnath Shrine Board was constituted by an Act of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature in 2000 with his Excellency the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir as its ex-officio Chairman. Amarnath cave is one of the main religious places of Lord Shiva. Every year thousand of devotees from all around the world come to visit Lord Shiva here. The Shivalinga made of ice in the cave is about 10-12 feet high and is the symbol of people’s faith and trust. At Amarnath Yatra that is while reaching the temple which is located high in the snow capped mountains devotees faces extremely difficult rough weather and terrain and shows their undying devotion for Lord Shiva. .
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