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Find out what Lord Shiva did before reaching Amarnath!

The significance of this holy cave is related to the secret of immortality, believed to be told by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati

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Amarnath Cave. Image source: blog.easemytrip.com
  • The shrine at a height of about 4,000 m, the cave has four ice formations, considered symbolic of different Hindu gods
  • The lingam increases and decreases with the phases of the moon
  • Apart from the sacred ambience, Mahagunas Mountains are famous for several waterfalls and a picturesque view

The 150 feet high and 90 feet long cave of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas is certainly one of the most mystical shrines of Lord Shiva. Situated in a Himalayan glacial valley at a height of about 4,000 metres, the cave has four ice formations and has symbolic significance of numerous Hindu Gods.

The biggest formation is that of Lord Shankar. On the left side of the lingam, there is a figure of Ganesha. The other two formations on the right side of the biggest ice formation represent Parvati and Bhairava.

According to legends, the lingam increases and decreases with the phases of the moon, reaching the height of more than 6 feet on the full moon day of Shravan, which also happens to be Rakshabandhan (a Hindu festival, which celebrates brother-sister bond). It is believed that Lord Shiva first appeared in the cave on this very day.

The significance of this holy cave is related to the secret of immortality as was told by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati.

However, apart from this fascinating tale, it is said that Lord Shankar on his journey to the cave did a few things that made the path to the holy cave blissful.

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Apparently, before revealing the Amar Katha (the secret of immortality), Lord Shiva left his son, his vehicle and the moon from his head-here among others in some isolated places.

Here are the things as listed by Speaking Tree, that Lord Shiva did before reciting Amar Katha to Parvati:

Lord Shankar first left his vehicle ‘nandi’ on his way to Amarnath cave. The place is called Pahalgam and is located 96 kilometres from Srinagar.

The next thing he did was to leave the moon from his head and hence the name Chandanbadi. Also known as Chandramauli, it is 16 kilometres from Pahalgam.

The next stop is Pissu Top. The story behind it is that there was a huge fight between the gods and demons for the darshan of Lord Amaranth. While the demons were defeated by the help of Lord Shiva, a mountain was formed from the dead bodies of the demons known as Pissu Top.

Sheshnag Lake Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Sheshnag Lake Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Twelve kilometres from Chandanbadi comes the next destination- Sheshnag. It is said that Lord Shiva left his snake from the neck here. It has a lake of blue water running here, crediting that Sheshnag still resides here.

Next comes, Mahagunas Mountains, 4-5 kilometres from Sheshnag. Nestled at the height of 14,000 feet, it is the place where Lord Shiva left his beloved son Ganesha. Apart from the sacred ambience, the place is also famous for several waterfalls and a picturesque view.

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Six kilometres from Mahagunas Mountains is Panchatrani, which is also the last stop before the sacred cave. According to the holy tale, Lord Shiva sacrificed the five elements (space, air, water, fire and earth) here.

At an altitude of 12,500 feet, it is the confluence of five rivers. It is said that the rivers flowing here have a source in the tangles of Lord Shankar’s hair.

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Manoj Bajpayee is an amazing actor and a team player on set: Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

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Actor Sidharth Malhotra
Actor Sidharth Malhotra. Wikimedia Commons

November 7, 2017: Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who will be seen sharing screen space with Manoj Bajpayee in “Aiyaary”, says the National Award winning actor is amazing and a team player.

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

A user asked the “Student Of The Year” actor about his experience working with Manoj in “Aiyaary”.

Sidharth replied: “He’s an amazing actor and a team player on set.”

“Aiyaary”, set in Delhi, London and Kashmir, revolves around two strong-minded Army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways. It is a real-life story based on the relationship between a mentor and a protege.

Presented by Plan C and Jayantilal Gada (Pen), the project is produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Motion Picture Capital.

When asked about the development of the film, Sidharth replied: “Awesome. Excited to show it in a few months.”

Sidharth, 32, also described his “Brothers” co-star Akshay Kumar as his “brother from another mother.”(IANS)

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‘Black Day’ Protests : Restrictions Imposed in Srinagar to keep security in check

Separatists leaders have asked people to observe October 27 as a “black day” in Kashmir.

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police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear were seen disallowing pedestrian and vehicular movement in parts of Kashmir. (Representative image) VOA

Srinagar, October 27, 2017 : Authorities imposed restrictions in various areas on Friday to prevent separatist-called protests to mark the Accession Day of Jammu and Kashmir to India.

Joint resistance leadership (JRL) of separatist leaders — Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik — have asked people to observe October 27 as a “black day” in Kashmir.

It was on this day in 1947 that the Indian Army landed in Srinagar Airport following the accession of the state.

“Restrictions under section 144 of CrPC will remain in force in Nowhatta, M.R.Gunj, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, Khanyar, Kralkhud and Maisuma,” a police officer said.

Heavy contingents of the state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear were seen disallowing pedestrian and vehicular movement in these areas.

Railway services in the valley have also been suspended on Friday as a precautionary measure. (IANS)

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Do You Know there are only two Leaning Temples in The World? Visit the Leaning Temple of Huma in Sambalpur

Huma is about 23 kms towards the southern direction of Sambalpur, Odisha. and is connected with Sambalpur and other cities of Orissa by road. The temple is situated inside the village of Huma.

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The Leaning Temple of Huma. Wikimedia.

The famous Leaning Temple of Huma built in 1670 AD is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is one of the only two leaning temples in the world. It was constructed by the ruler, Baliar Singh, the 5th ruler of the kingdom of Chauhan of Sambalpur, Odisha, India. The speciality of this temple is it’s structure skewed to one direction.

Reason Behind its Tilted Structure:

It is regarded that the reason for its tilted structure could be some interior dismounting of rocky bed at which this temple is positioned, either because of flood current inside the Mahanadi River or earthquake, thereby affecting the position of this original temple.  An interesting fact to be noted is that the other little temples inside the Hamlet are also tilted to various other directions.

The finest time to visit this leaning temple is October to March. Enshrine your spirituality during these months and celebrate the festive season in the town of Sambalpur, Odisha. Shivratri is believed to be the chief festival of this temple. Hence, it advances a huge gathering specially during Shivratri festival during March. You may also find ‘Kudo’ fishes on the bank of river Mahanadi near the temple who are given food by devotees as a part of the worship.

Leaning Temple
The Leaning Temple of Huma. Wikimedia.

How to Reach the Leaning Temple of Huma:

By Road – Huma is about 23 kms towards the southern direction of Sambalpur, Odisha. and is connected with Sambalpur and other cities of Orissa by road. The temple is situated inside the village of Huma.

By Rail – Sambalpur railway station is the closest station from Huma. You may find taxis and cabs to drop you 23 kms towards the temple of Huma.

By Air – Bhubaneshwar is the closest airport to Huma which is approximately 290 ms away from Huma. Catch a taxi or cab to drop you at the exact destination.

Leaning Temple
Huma Leaning Temple is one of the two leaning temples of the world. Wikimedia.

Where to stay:

There are various hotels nearby the temple at affordable prices presenting the pleasant view of the outside village.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana