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20-feet high Shivling at Amarnath cave this year

New Delhi: Preparations for famous pilgrimage to Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir are in full swing.Authorities are working round the clock to ensure the pilgrims don't face any difficulty during the holy yatra.India TV
20 feet high shivling at amarnath cave this year...
India TV News Desk May 19, 2015 10:12 IST

New Delhi: Preparations for famous pilgrimage to Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir are in full swing.

Authorities are working round the clock to ensure the pilgrims don't face any difficulty during the holy yatra.

India TV reached the mountain cave nearly one-and-a-half month before the start of this yatra.

Pilgrims will this year be able to worship a huge naturally formed ice Shivling. At present the holy structure is 20-feet high. This is the huge shape of the Shivling formed here in last few years.

It should be noted that the Shivling had shrunk to almost half its actual size in past years ahead of the commencement of the pilgrimage. The premature melting of the Shivling had also raised questions over how the pilgrims will be able to 'darshan' the same.

Riyaz Ahmad, CEO, Pahalgam Development Authority, said, "The yarta will begin from July 2. Administration has claimed that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure safety of pilgrims."

Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, said, "The Amarnath cave is presently surrounded by ice. The holy cave is covered with ice..."

Every year around 400,000 pilgrims trek the mountainous to reach the cave where the Shivling is formed naturally.

 

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