Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2013
28 June 2013 to 21 August 2013
Amarnath Yatra 2013: Registration from March 18
Behind the discovery of the Holy Shrine lies an interesting story. Centuries ago Maa Parvati asked Shivji to let her know why and when he started wearing the beads of heads (Mund Mala), to which Bhole Shankar replied, “whenever you are born I add more heads to my bead”. Parvati said, “I die again and again, but you are Immortal. Please tell me the reason behind this”. ”Bhole Shankar replied that for this you will have to listen to the Amar Katha“
With the Amarnath Yatra taking off from Jammu and proceeding towards the Holy Cave via Baltal route only the next day, the pilgrims embarking on the arduous journey would be allowed to proceed beyond Domel only up to 9 a.m. each day.
Shiv agreed to narrate the detailed story to Maa Parvati. He started for a lonely place where no living being could listen to the immortal secret and ultimately chose Amarnath Cave. In the hush-hush, he left his Nandi (the Bull which He used to ride) at Pahalgam (Bail gaon). At Chandanwari, he released Moon (Chand) from his hairs (Jataon). At the banks of Lake Sheshnag, he released the snakes. He decided to leave his Son Ganesha at Mahagunas Parvat (Mahaganesh Hill). At Panjtarni, Shivji left the Five Elements behind (Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sky) which give birth to life and of which he is the Lord. After leaving behind all these, Bhole Shankar entered the Holy Amarnath Cave along with Parvati Maa and took his Samadhi. To ensure that no living being is able to hear the Immortal Tale, he created Kalagni and ordered him to spread fire to eliminate every living thing in and around the Holy Cave. After this he started narrating the secret of immortality to Maa Parvati. But as a matter of chance a pair of pigeons overhead the story and became immortal.
Many pilgrims report seeing the pair of pigeons at the Holy Shrine even today and are amazed as to how these birds survive in such a cold and high altitude area.
Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath Shrine stands at 3,888 m and is 46 Km from Pahalgam and 14 Kms from Baltal. Though the original pilgrimages subscribes that the yatra be undertaken from Srinagar, the more common practice is to begin journey at Chandanwari, and cover the distance to Amarnathji and back in five days. Pahalgam is 96 Kms from Srinagar.
Registration of pilgrims for annual Amarnath yatra which would commence from 25 June 2012 will start from May 07, 2012.
Registration will be done through 121 designated branches of Jammu and Kashmir bank across the country along with 24 branches of the Yes Bank and 4 district cooperative banks.
Yatra will commence from both traditional Pahalgam and Baltal routes as per scheduled on 25 June 2012.
-Source : SASB
for more information, please visit Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s Website