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Punjab pilgrim spies ?natural? lingam

Sohan Singh says the natural lingam has formed nearly five feet away from sanctum, writes Navjeevan Gopal.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2006 03:12 IST

Pilgrim Sohan Singh, who has been visiting Amarnath for the past 31 years — has added a new twist to the lingam tale. He says even this time, the natural lingam has formed at a place, nearly five feet from the sanctum sanctorum. Singh, who visited the shrine on May 6, has photographs of the lingam to prove his claim.

“The shivalingam formed at the spot where the family of, Bhole Baba (the reigning deity) lived.” Legend has it that by the side of the main lingam were two more stalagmites — representing Shiva’s wife Parvati and their son Ganesha. Lamenting the creation of a “manmade shivalingam” he said, “There was no need to fake it. It has hurt the sentiments of the devotees”.

Sohan Singh’s claims, if proven true, could stir up a hornet’s nest as devotees and political parties could question the rationale behind the authorities “propping up an artificial lingam”, when the original one had formed.

Sources feel “whether the distance of four to five feet has anything to do with faith is the question that needs to be answered.”

Theories, some pertaining to faith and others on the state’s revenue share from the shrine, abound and Singh’s claim can complicate matters as several grey areas still persist.

Political parties have entered the ring. In Jammu, the VHP and BJP asked the shrine board to clear the air on the formation of the lingam as Rajinder Sharma, national president of Shri Amarnath Yatra Welfare Organisation, held the Governor responsible for the “artificial lingam”.