The pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave is one of the most sacred for Hindu adherents. The cave is situated at the elevation of 3,888m (12,752ft) and it houses the highly revered Ice Shiva Lingam that symbolizes the mythical power of Lord Shiva. Amarnath is combination of two Words-Amar (immortal) and Nath (lord). So, literally Amarnath means the Lord of Immortality. It is believed that the Amarnath Cave is the place where Lord Shiva revealed the secret of life and death (Amar Katha) to his beloved consort Mata Parvati upon her request. The legend says that during the time while Lord Shiva was narrating the Amar Katha, there was no living being in the cave to listen, except an unhatched egg. During the time the egg hatched and the new born became immortal after listening the story. The cave is about 80m high and wide tucked on a huge mountain cliff and it is believed to be about 5000 years old. Inside the cave, there is a self-shaped Ice Shiva Lingam of Lord Amarnath and other ice formations to represent Mata Parvati and Lord Ganesh. It is believing that this natural Ice Linga grows and shrink with the phases of the moon and reach its height and starts the annual festival. The Amarnath Shrine Board announces the date for the pilgrimage and manages all support.
Vaishno Devi is one of the very popular temples in India, located in Trikuta Mountain (1585m/5200ft), Reasi district of Jammu. It is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Mata Vaishno Devi, also known as Trikuta, who is believed to fulfill the wishes of her devotees. This is one of the Shaktipeeth, where it is believed that the blessing right hand of Satidevi was fallen. Maa Vaishno Devi temple, The Bhawan is 12 km uphill trek from Katra and Vaironath temple is located further 2km up on the hill. The temple complex consists of a series of caves and shrines, including the main shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, the self-appeared pindis are the manifestation of Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati. The temple attracts millions of devotees every year, particularly during the auspicious festival of Navratri.
This itinerary includes Shiva and Shakti darshan as Baba Barfani and Mata Vaishno Devi in J and K of India. It also includes Shiva Khodi cave where lord Shiva hide himself from Bhashmasur.
Day 1: Arrival Delhi
Day 2-4: On Trip: Vaishno Devi
Day 4-8: On trip: Kashmir, Amarnath
Day 9: Back to Delhi
Day 10: Departure
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