Friday, August 19, 2011

Trekking To Shiva In Kashmir

Global Post featured this short video of a pilgrimage trek performed by devout Hindus to a shrine in Kashmir. It si to one of the most revered pilgrimage sites of India hidden in the Himalayas. Amarnath is only accessible for a few months during the year, and where an ice stalagmite is said to represent a Shiva lingam.

The Amarnath cave is located at a distance of 86 miles north east of Srinagar, at a height of 13000 feet above sea level. Tradition has it that in every lunar month, the icy stalagmite begins to form, on the first day of the bright half of the month, and reaches its fullest size on the full moon day, and then begins to wane and disappear on the new moon day. This process repeats itself each month.

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