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Is Amarnath Shivling for real?

Pilgrims to Amarnath this year may be disappointed to learn that the shivling at the cave shrine is man-made and not naturally as usual.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 01:50 IST
Arun Joshi

Pilgrims to Amarnath this year may be disappointed to learn that the shivling at the cave shrine is man-made and not naturally as usual.

Last month's extraordinary heat did not allow the shivling to be formed. Due to this, an official of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) told HT, snow had to be gathered and shaped like the lingam.

However, snowfall on June 12, a day after the yatra began, came to the rescue. Fresh snow was sprinkled around to make it look natural.

The SASB had been worried about the shivling not forming. It was discussed at one of its board of directors meeting, as late as on May 30, sources disclosed.

Each year, water trickling from the glaciers freezes at a particular spot, resulting in a naturally-made shivling. It is to see this wonder that an expected five lakh pilgrims this year will undertake a trek to the shrine which is at 13,500 feet above sea level.

SASB chief executive officer Arun Kumar, however, insisted "it is a naturally-made shivling”.