Amarnath located in Jammu and Kashmir is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this Temple is one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage places in India.
The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft), about 141 km from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir and is reached through Pahalgam town. Surrounded by snowy mountains the cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is opened for pilgrims.
According to Hindu mythology it is believed that this is where Lord Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his wife Parvati. Inside the Amarnath cave, the stalagmite is formed due to freezing of water drops that fall from the roof of the cave on to the floor which grows up vertically from the cave floor resembling the shape of a Shiva Linga. The ice Shiva Ling forms between the months of May to August and then gradually melts away. The other ice formations in this cave represent Shiv and Parvati's son Ganesh.
Thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on challenging mountainous terrain to see the Linga Shaped ice stalagmite to show their devotion to Lord Shiva.