Amarnath Yatra 2021 will start on 28th June 2021. In the 40th board meeting of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, the decision was taken to this effect. The Amarnath Yatra registration will commence from 1st of April. The registration for Amarnath Yatra could be done through 446 branches of Punjab National Bank, YES bank and Jammu and Kashmir Bank branches. During the meet, it was also announced that the remunerations of Pujaris will be increased from existing INR 1000 to INR 1500 per day.
This year, free of cost battery car service up and down of the Baltal – Domel stretch will also be introduced. The health care services along the Amarnath Yatra routes will also be improved. The Lt Governor also directed for making telecom services operational at the holy cave and across the Amarnath Yatra routes two weeks before the commencement of annual pilgrimage.
Amrnath Yatra is an annual Hindu pilgrimage considered very sacred. Every year millions of pilgrims undertake this pilgrimage in quest to achieve salvation. The holy cave of Amarnath Cave is located at an altitude of 3,888 meteres in Kashmir. It is 141 kilometeres from Srinagar. There are two routes to do this pilgrimage. One is from Baltal which is the shortest and the other one is from Pahalgam which is longer but traditional one.
It is believed that the Amarnath Cave is 5000 years old. The cave is believed to be found by a shepherd Buta Malik. As per the story, Buta met a saint here who gave him a bag of coal. When Buta returned home and opened the bag, he found that it was full of gold. When Buta Malik went back to find the saint, he found the Amarnath cave there.
The manifestation of Shivalingam at Amarnath Cave is also referred to as Baba Barfani. As per the legends, when Maa Parvati insisted to Lord Shiva to tell her his secret of immortality. To reveal his secret, Lord Shiva proceeded towards the cave so that no one else could hear the secret behind his immortality. While going to cave, Lord Shiva left his vahana (vehicle) Nandi in Pahalgam. That’s how the place got its name as the lord proceeded on foot from here. Next he left the moon at Chanderbadi, 16 kilometers away from Pahalgam.
At Sheshnag, lord dropped the snake from his neck and at Mahugunas Mountain, Lord Shiva left his son Ganesha.At Panchtarni, he left the five elements. Once he reached the cave, Lord Shiva called upon fire to kill all things nearby but two pigeon eggs beneath his seat were saved. In the processes of his recounting the story, the eggs hatched. While Lord Shiva recounted the secret of creation and his immortality to Maa Parvati which the pair of pigeon overheard and thus attained immortality. Thus, every year, devotees flock to the cage to in their quest for moksha.
The best time to undertake Amarnath Yatra is the month of June, July and September. If you are looking to undertake the yatra this year, check out our Amarnath Yatra tour package or if you are planning your trip to Amarnath Cave, read our comprehensive travel guide for Amarnath Yatra here.