Siva is our Lord ~ Sivalingam is a sacred symbol of the Hindus whom they revere as the manifestation of the Universal Self in His awakened aspect in union with His dynamic energy Shakti.
We pray to our Supreme God declaring our faith, obedience, love and devotion to Shiva worshipped in Linga form.
Sarva sukandhi sulepitha lingam,
Budhi vivarthana karana lingam,
Siddha surasura vandhitha lingam,
That pranamami sada shiva lingam.
I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva; Which is anointed by perfumes,; Which leads to growth of wisdom, and which is worshipped by sages, devas and asuras.
Come the month of June, it is holy time for Hindus as the sacred pilgrim journey of Amarnath Cave begins. Amarnath Journey 2017 will begin on 29th June 2017 and will end on 7th August. The journey to the home of Lord Shiva through snow-capped mountains and green valleys is out-of-the-world experience.
Thousands brave extreme weather to get a glimpse of Shivaa linga made of snow. Of the many interesting experiences in the sojourn to holy Amarnath, some are intriguing, many fascinating..
Amarnath cave is located in the hills at Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft), about 141 km (88 mi) from Srinagar, and reached through Pahalgam town. In the midst of snowy mountains, the cave is covered with snow for most of the year except for this short period when it opens for pilgrims and thousands brave chill weather to have darshan of Lord Paramasiva.
To those who venture, it is the great darshan of Lord Siva linga - ice stalagmite inside the cave. Inside the 40 m (130 ft) high Amarnath cave, the stalagmite is formed very year for the darshan of devotees.
It is there because it is the Holy place where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort, Parvati. It is a place of mysticism, a place of tranquilty and peace. Pilgrims visit the holy site during the 45-day season around the festival of Shravani Mela.
~ ~ Allikkeni Mainthan.