Ice Shivling at Amarnath
Ice Shivling at Amarnath :Situated in Jammu and Kashmir, the Ice Shivling at Amarnath is considered to be the holiest shrines in Hinduism.
While the Amarnath cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it also holds an important place in Hinduism.
Ice Shivling inside the 130 ft high Amarnath cave is basically the stalagmite that is formed due to freezing of water drops that fall from the roof of the cave on to the floor and grows up vertically from the cave floor.
While the cave is said to be around 5000 years old, this stalagmite considered to be a Shiva Linga by Hindus.
It is also believed that the lingam grows and shrinks with the phases of the moon reaching its height in summers, although there is no scientific evidence for this belief.
An annual pilgrimage known as the “Amarnath Yatra” is held every year to visit this cave and worship the ice shivling.