Thursday, 12 November 2015

Mahamaya Shakti Peeth Amarnath Jammu and Kashmir | 51 Shakti Peeth



MahaMaya shakti peeth is one of the 51 shakti peethas located at Mount Amarnath, Jammu and Kashmir. It is treated as one of the important holiest places as part of Hinduism. Challenging mountain terrain and climate, thousands of devotees come to this shrine. It is believed that the temple is much older than 5000 years. In temple we find ice stalagmite forms of goddess Mahamaya and lord Shiva as Trisandhyasvar and lord Ganesh.

Significance: 

  1. According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where Sati Devi’s “Throat” fell down.
  2. When goddess Sati self-immolated lord Shiva led an austere life here.
  3. It is the cave where lord Shiva explained secret of life and eternity to goddess Parvati.

Legend:

When lord Shiva accepted the request of explaining the secret of life and immortality, he choose Amarnath cave to reveal secret (if someone hears the secret of immortality then they may become mortal). In order to keep the place private he left Nandi at Phalgam, crescent moon at Chandanwari, snakes at the banks of river Sehsnag, lord Ganesh at Mahagunas parvat and panch boothas at Panchtarni. In order to maintain the secrecy of eternity lord Shiva created Rudra named Kalagni (fire) and insisted him to spread fire around the mount so that no living being enters the cave and if any living being exists they may leave the place. Then lord Shiva took Samadhi on the skin of deer. Although he took many precautions, there were two pigeon eggs under the deer skin, when pigeons came out they became immortal as they heard the secret of immortality.

Discovery of Lingat:


During 15th century there lived a shepherd named Buta Mallik, once a saint gave a bag of coal which turned into gold when he reached his home. He returned to the place to thank the saint but he disappeared, and in search he found holy cave and Shiva Linga. He narrated the whole story to his villagers and started worshipping.


Places of Intrest:

Phalgam situated at 96 kms., Chandanwari at 16 kms., Pissu top, Seshnag, Panchtarni and Baltal Holy cave which is at 14 kms. (It’s for healthy people who can trek mountains)

Transport:

Road: MahaMaya shakti peeth or Amarnath is one of the famous pilgrimage place, you have many buses and taxies. One can hire a taxi on daily basis or as a package.
Rail: Jammu is the nearest railway station.
Air: Srinagar is the nearest airport. You really enjoy travelling by air as Srinagar is considered as “paradise on earth”


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