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Amarnath Shivling man-made?

PILGRIMS TO the Amarnath shrine this year would be disappointed to learn that the "Shivlingam" at the cave shrine is man-made and not natural as it usually is. The extraordinary hot weather last month did not allow the Shivlingam to be formed.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 01:47 IST
Arun Joshi

PILGRIMS TO the Amarnath shrine this year would be disappointed to learn that the "Shivlingam" at the cave shrine is man-made and not natural as it usually is. The extraordinary hot weather last month did not allow the Shivlingam to be formed.

An official of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) told the Hindustan Times that snow had to be gathered and shaped like the lingam.

However, fresh snowfall on June  12, a day after the yatra began, rescued the architects of the man made Shivlingam. Fresh snow was sprinkled around to make it look natural.

The SASB had been worried about the Shivlingam not forming. This was also a concern discussed at one of its board of directors meeting, as late as on May 30, sources disclosed.

Each year, the trickle of the water from the glaciers gets frozen at a particular spot and a natural made shivlingam results automatically.

It is to see this naturally-made Shivlingam that thousands of pilgrims undertake an arduous journey through treacherous trek routes to the 13,500 feet above sea level cave shrine.

But this year was unusual. The heat kept the lingam from forming till some one hit upon the idea of having a man made shivlingam to keep the pilgrimage going.
More than five lakh pilgrims are expected to visit this year. crore.

Chief Executive Officer  SASB Arun Kumar, however, insisted that "it is a natural made Shivlingam."

He also revealed that a five feet high grill has been placed around the Shivlingam to keep it beyond the reach of pilgrims and others in the cave shrine.