Amarnath Yatra 2012: Date & Other Information
Amarnath Yatra is the door to go in heaven. Millions of devotees profoundly desire to go to Amarnath Yatra, but very few hardly get chance of becoming the pilgrim of this holy pilgrimage. Amarnath Yatra 2012 is open till August 2, so you can go for registration. Also take safety measures for sacred and adventurous journey of Amarnath Yatra 2012. Letâ€™s know here the momentous points associated to Amarnath Yatra.
Amarnath Yatra in 2012 is from June 25 to August 2. Every year a massive throng of devotees heartily want to go to have the glimpse of the shivalingama of holy pilgrimage Amarnath. In Amarnath Yatra 2012 also, it is expected to see thousands of crowds of devotees who want to go to this pilgrimage. But very few lucky people get chance of going to this pious place. Both positive and negative conceptions are attached to the journey to Amarnath. If at one side it is the profound feeling of going and seeing incredible Jyotirlinga of Mahadev, the other side is fear of loosing life due to adventurous journey of Amarnath. Keeping this in mind, Government has taken strong initiatives to make the journey safe. However, nothing can stop a sincere devotee to pay his offerings to God. So, If you are the so called sincere devotee, get yourself registered so that you may not get late and be a part of this sublime journey.
There is an established belief that whoever gets an opportunity to have the glimpse of the Shiva Lingam or Shivling, will certainly get his abode in heaven. A multitude of people will be travelling amidst the beautiful surroundings of the pahalgam valley for the Amarnath Yatra 2012 in order to reach the amarnath cave which is between the snowy mountains of eastern Himalayas. Sri Amarnath is placed on the narrow abyss which is at the end of lidder valley. The height at which Shri Amarnath Ji stands is at 3,888 m. It is 45 kilometres away from the place pahalgam and 141 kilometres away from Srinagar. There are two paths one can tread on in order to reach here this Amarnath Yatra 2012. The longest and the more difficult route is through pahalgam where there might be a risk of falling as you may face steep hills here which makes the climbing a challenge. We can also go there through the Sonmarg route. Despite of the risks involved in the Amarnath Yatra, It is a sheer surprise that many senior persons or old persons gather the courage to reach there for their offerings to Lord Shiva. They never mind climbing the rocky path which can be very dangerous to them. Though, some Yatris like to walk on foot, there are some who also like to ride on ponies or palanquins in order to reach the final destination i.e. the cave.
Legend Behind Amarnath Yatra
Like each year Amarnath Yatra, Amarnath Yatra 2012 has also been organized in June month and will continue till Purnima or Raksha Bandhan. According to ancient Vedic texts and Purans, Amarnath Yatra has a great significance. There is a popular story attached to this Yatra which can help you in acknowledging this yatra in a better way.
It is believed that this cave was chosen by Bhole Shankar in order to narrate the secrets related to immortality and also to narrate the creation of this universe to Maa Parvati. This is the cave where Lord Shiva decided to open the secrets of immortality. When he was on the way to Amarnath cave he repeatedly renounced the near and dear ones. He left the bull named nandi on which he used to ride at Pahalgam(Bali gaon). At the place called chandanwari, Moon was released by him. He also removed the snakes at the bank of lake Sheshnag. He also left Ganesha, his son at a Mahagunas Parvat which is also called Mahaganesh hill. Lord Shiva also left earth, water, air, fire and sky behind which are the five elements of this world.
After reaching the Amarnath Cave, he sat on the deerskin and attained Samadhi. Before revealing the secrets of immortality, he ensured that no any living thing could hear what he was going to speak. So, he commanded a Kalagni named Rudra which he has created himself to kill every human being in and around this cave. But, coincidentally, an egg which was laid beneath the deer skin was untouched as it was not clearly seen. Later on the pigeons came out of this egg and when they hear the Amar Katha, they became immortal. Even today many devotees are found to be reporting that they have seen the pigeons while undertaking the arduous journey to pay their obeisance before Shiva-the ice lingam.
It is said that years later there was a rishi named Bhrigu who came on this way in the course of his journey to the Himalayas has seen this holy cave. As soon as people came to know about this cave, this place became an abode of Lord Shiva and also a centre of pilgrimage. Over all these years, the devotees of Lord shiva maintained this faith till date and the proof is the increasing number of people who are continuously undertaking this holy pilgrimage come what may. We will hopefully be witness the same situation on this Amarnath Yatra 2012.
What rituals are followed before taking journey to Amarnath?
Amarnath Yatris will have to perform some important rituals before undertaking their journey towards this holy place. There will be once again a sound of â€śBam Bam Bholeâ€ť, the conch shell echo and the chant of collective prayers are performed in this Amarnath Yatra 2012. These are considered to be very important as these are the expression of the devotees which show deep reverence for Lord Shiva. Not only Sadhus, but also common people like to be the part of this holy journey irrespective of their ethnicity and cultural diversities.
At this place, these devotees come closer and together they offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. There are numbers of arrangements which are done by authorities every year keeping in view of the crowd of the people. Amarnath Yatra 2012 will also be a witness of such hustle and bustle at this holy place. There are praiseworthy efforts of local people of Jammu and Kashmir in the time of this risky cumbersome journey here and one canâ€™t ignore their support for the devotees. Though the Government has set stringent norms keeping in view of the increasing deaths here, yet it did not affect the numbers of the devotees, in fact, the numbers of pilgrims are increasing year by year.
Some important tips for Amarnath Yatra 2012
- The pilgrims must carry the woolen clothes such as drawers, monkey cap, woolen trousers and sweaters along with them. Apart from this, sleeping bag or blankets, windcheaters, waterproof boots, walking stick, torch etc. are also very necessary.
- There are arrangements of doctors and nursing staff on the way but pilgrims should carry the medicines which are prescribed for them. Pilgrims are also advised to carry tinned food and biscuits with them in order to cater to their immediate needs. However, Pilgrims can obtain gas or firewood at Sheshnag Chandanwari, Panchtarni and near the cave.
- Food and tent accommodation is available during this yatra. These are provided on the rates which are fixed by the authorities.
- And one more important thing- Nobody is allowed to proceed the yatra if he does not possess a registration card.
We wish all the pilgrims to go on a safe pilgrimage. May Lord Shiva bless all of you with peace, happiness and prosperity!