Jammu: Last year, the sacred Shivling of Lord Amarnath had started melting more than 10 days before end of the yatra. But to the greatest delight of the pilgrims this year, a-four feet long Shivling is still apparent at the sacred shrine cave. Visitors are viewing it as a great blessing of almighty.

Normally every year in the middle of the yatra season, the Shivling begins to be disappeared by getting melted and the devotees after reaching the shrine would get disappointed. This year, only five days are left and given the full size of Shivling, it is sure that the devotees reaching even on the last day will be able to have its full view.  

Prior to 2010, the helicopters carrying the pilgrims would land in the vicinity of the shrine. It is believed that landing of choppers might have caused early melting of Shivling. Later, Shrine board decided to shift the location for landing of choppers from shrine to Panjtarni. The sacred cave is five kilometer away from the new site for the landing of choppers. This year heavy snowfall was witnessed in the beginning of the yatra. This has also contributed in maintaining the full size of Shivling.

The yatra had started on June 25 and over six lakh devotees have so far visited to the sacred cave. It is scheduled to end on August 2nd, the day when Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated. The Chhadimubarak, placed at Srinagar’s Dashnami Akhada, will be dispatched on Saturday via traditional route from Pahalgam.   


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