Here, we bring some facts about Amarnath Yatra:  

1. It is believed that Lord Shiva had opened his third eye and made shrine cave by hitting a huge ball of fire.

2. The shrine cave is a symbol of 'immortality' as its name Amarnath' (immortal lord Shiva) reflects. Also, this is the place where Lord Shiva had told secret of immortality to Goddess Parvati.

3. According to myth, when Lord Shiva was telling the secret of immortality to Goddess Parvati no living being was there except pigeon’s egg in the sacred cave. Consequently, pigeons, born from the eggs, became immortal. It is believed that the pair of pigeons are yet alive in Amarnath.  

4. The shrine cave is one of the oldest caves in the world. It is around 5000 years old.

5. Unlike other Shivlings, the Shivling of Amarnath grows on its own. That's why it is called 'Swayambhu lingam.'

6. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888m (12,756ft).

7. According to Hindu mythology, Amarnath is the place, where Lord Shiva had left 'Panchtarni' (five elements Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sky) which make living being. Hence, the area is named 'Panchtarni'.

8. It is believed, five rivers flow near by Amarnath are originated from Lord Shiva's hairs (Jata).

9. Last six kilometres is very pious as Lord Shiva left five elements (Panchtarni). Every spot where he left elements is marked by specific name.
10. Sangam point: Here Lord Shiva left Sheshnag (snake).
11. Bail-Gaon: It is believed that Lord Shiva left behind Nandi (Bull) and the place is named as 'Bail-Gaon'.
12. Chandanwadi: Lord Shiva left the moon (the moon in his hair) here, so the  place is called Chandanwadi.

13. Ganesh top: Lord Shiva left his son Ganesha here.

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