Amarnath Yatra 2013
As the name suggest Amarnath Yatra is an annual pilgrimage for the Hindus to the holy shrine of Amarnath Cave. This cave is devoted to Lord Shiva and is sited in the northern state i.e. Jammu & Kashmir of India. Every year devotees of Lord Shiva wait for this short time period i.e. from the month of May to August, when this holy shrine is opened by the Indian Government for the devotees to visit the main Amarnath temple.
The reason behind this restricted period is that the Amarnath cave is situated at a height of 3,888 m above the ground and is covered by snow during the year. It is only during summer the snow which has covered this holy cave, starts melting and due to this melting of snow from the rocks, an ice stalagmite form inside the cave.
This stalagmite inside the cave is considered to be SHIVLINGA, as described in the Hindu scriptures. After this summer season, this stalagmite or SHIVLINGA gradually wanes thereafter. There are other two ice formations found in the cave, one is considered to be Parvati and other is of Ganesha, lord Shiva’s son.
Significance of Amarnath Yatra
This holy Amarnath cave is described as the most important pilgrimage of the Hindus according to the scriptures or holy books. It is described in the holy books that in this cave Lord Shiva explained about the divine life and eternity to his eternal consort Parvati.
Before starting his eternity secret of divine life, Lord Shiva described Parvati that whosever will listen this story will live eternally and never die. But Parvati fall asleep in between, and a husband wife pair of pigeons witnessed the whole secret of eternal life. It is considered that the pair of pigeons is still alive and if someone gets the chance of seeing them while his/her pilgrimage, it is a good sign.
How to reach?
This holy shrine is situated in the Himalayas at 12,756 ft. It is 141 km away from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu & Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town of it. If you are planning to visit this holy pilgrimage in the coming year i.e. Amarnath Yatra 2013, it is better to plan in advance. Just like every year, the Amarnath Yatra 2013 will begin during the 45 day season around the festival of Shravani Mela in July 2013 – August 2013. This 45 day yatra period coincides with the Hindu holy month of Shraavana.
For starting Amarnath Yatra 2013, you need to board a bus/ train/ plane to the state Jammu & Kashmir. From there onwards you can hire a private taxi or bus to reach Srinagar. The actual pilgrimage starts from Pahalgam or Srinagar, from where devotees travel on foot and the usual journey takes about 5 days to finish. If you cannot travel on foot, helicopter services from base camp to Panjitami, which is just 6 km away from the Amarnath temple are also provided by various private operators. During the route, various NGOs provide foods and resting tents called Pandalas, for free to the pilgrims. Also, you can avail such services near the shrine too where hundreds of tents are provided by locals for a night’s stay.
About the Amarnath Yatra
The estimated route of the Yatra takes about 5 days to reach the Amarnath cave. However, this is not the actual case, as the route is quite risky and depends a lot on the weather conditions which can be changed at any moment. Sadly, there are many accidents and deaths noted every year during the pilgrimage due to the unexpected weather, landslides, accidents and shortage of oxygen at high altitudes. Seeing these conditions, it is recommended to you that if you have breathing problems or any other respiratory problems, avoid going for Amarnath Yatra 2013 till you are physically fit & healthy to travel such long distance and bear difficult weather conditions.
Its Announced Now : Amarnath Yatra 2013 Dates
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Now Fly to Amarnath Ji for Only Rs 1500/-
Its Time to Fly to the Holy Cave of Shri Amarnath Ji. This awesome Online Helicopter Booking Service for Amarnath Yatra 2013 offered by Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board helps you in having the Darshan of Baba Amarnath Ji in few Hours, which other wise take few days.
In this post we are going to share the Complete Details for Online Booking of Helicopter Tickets for Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra 2013.Yatris willing to Perform Amarnath Yatra 2013 by Helicopter are advised to go through this post, and must Book their Helicopter Tickets Online at the earliest, before the Helicopter Quota filled up.
The Registration for Annual pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Shri Amarnath Ji started on 18th March, 2013.Lakhs of yatris are expected to register for Amarnath Yatra 2013. For the 2013 yatra, Online Registration is discontinued and only way to get the Registration is through Offline Registration
In this post, we are going to share the Step-by-Step Procedure to Register for the Amarnath Yatra.Before we explain the actual Registration process, here are a few things you must know about the Registration
Important Dates for Yatra and Registration
1) Registration Process starts from: 18th March, 2013
2) Amarnath Yatra 2013 will start from : 18th June, 2013
3) Yatra will conclude on : 21st August, 2013
This year, the During Duration is extended to 55 Days, which is Longest Duration is the last 3 to years. Also the Registration Process is started early this year to facilitate the yatris for completing the formalities (Like Obtaining the Registration form, Compulsory Health Certificate etc)
What you need to Obtain for Amarnath Yatra Registration ?
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board had issued several advisories for the upcoming Yatra in 2013. One of these advisories include a Compulsory Health Certificate from the Authorized Doctor to issue the Health Certificate
It is due to Large Number of Deaths in 2012, that Shrine Board had made it compulsory for all the yatris to get a Health Certificate from the Authorized Doctor. It is worth mentioning here that 102 pilgrims have lost their Lives during the Amarnath Yatra 2012.
After that Shrine Faced Huge criticism from the various sections of society and then the Honourable Supreme Court ordered the formation of Special High Empowered Committee (SHPC), that will look into the conduct of Yatra in 2013.
How to Get the Compulsory Health Certificate ?
Amarnath Yatra 2013 Dates have been announced and the Registration for the yatra is going to start from 18th March, 2013.The 55-Day long Amarnath Yatra in 2013, is going to commence from 28th June, 2013 and will conclude on 21st August 2013 on the eve of Raksha Bandhan.
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Registration for Amarnath Yatra going to commence from 18th March. Only Offline Registration, No Online Registration, this year. Yatra Registration Counters increased from 276 to 422. SBI, PNB and HDFC Joins the List of Designated Counters.Details given below.......
If you are planning for the Amarnath Yatra in 2013, then you will feel happy to know that the Registration Dates for Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra is announced.The Registration Process for 55 Day Long Amarnath Yatra will start from 18th March, 2013.
This year, the Registration Process is started much earlier, as a convenience to yatris for completing the yatra formalities (Like Getting the Required Health Certificate, Obtaining the Yatra Registration form, Submitting the form etc). Remember the registration will be done on only First-Come-First-Serve basis.
Moreover, from 2013, the Online Registration facility is discontinued, due to Mal-practises by yatris in obtaining the Fake Yatra Permit Cards.Now the only way for getting the registration done, is offline at the designated yatra registration counters.
The Registration Process will run simultaneously for Both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes.