One of the 52 legendary Shakti Peethas is located at Amarnath cave, in Kashmir, India. The holy place is dedicated to divine powers “Goddess Durga” and “Lord Shiva” are worshipped by a large number of Hindu devotees as “Mahamaya”. It is believed that Devi Sati’s ‘Throat’ fell here.
There are references to the legendary king Aryaraja (ascribed dates 300 BCE) who used to worship a lingam formed of ice in Kashmir. The book Rajatarangini (Book VII v.183) refers to Amareshwara or Amarnath. It is believed that Queen Suryamathi in the 11th century AD gifted trishuls, banalingas and other sacred emblems to this temple. Rajavalipataka, begun by Prjayabhatta has detailed references to the pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave. Other than this, there are further references to this pilgrimage in many other ancient texts.
It is believed that after the Middle Ages, this cave was forgotten by people before it was discovered by a shepherd in the 15th century once again. Another story relates to Bhrigu Muni. Long time ago it is believed that The Vale of Kashmir was submerged under water and Kashyapa Muni drained it through a series of rivers and rivulets. Therefore, when the waters drained, Bhrigu Muni was the first to have Darshan of Lord Amarnath. Thereafter, when people heard of the Lingam, it became an abode of Lord Bholenath for all believers and a pilgrimage which is done by lakhs of people each year.
As we well know Francois Bernier, a French physician accompanied Emperor Aurangzeb during his visit to Kashmir in 1663. In his book “Travels in Mughal Empire” he writes while giving an account the places he visited in Kashmir that he was “pursuing journey to a grotto full of wonderful congelations, two days journey from Sangsafed” when he “received intelligence that my Nawab felt very impatient and uneasy on account of my long absence”. The “grotto” he refers to is obviously the Amarnath cave as the editor of the second edition of the English translation of the book, Vincient A. Smith makes clear in his introduction. He writes: “The grotto full of wonderful congelations is the Amarnath cave, where blocks of ice, stalagmites formed by dripping water from the roof are worshipped by many Hindus who resort here as images of Shiva…..”
Maha Maya Sakthipeeth Amarnath Cave Kashmir
A marvellous power of the Universe - “Amarnath shakti peetha” of the great fantasy is one of the historic places in India, where the divine power is worshipped as a Devi Shakti -“Mahamaya” by Hindu devotees. According to the Hindu myths, it is whispered that Devi Sati’s “Throat”fell here. The main idols of this legendary divine place are Devi as “Mahamaya” and Lord Shiva as “Trisandhyeshvar” in Amarnath. The holy place is dedicated to Shiva Ice Lingam. Besides, it is also believed that the Amarnath shrine is entirely surrounded by Snowy Pile, which swells with the season.
Two places are considered for maha Maya Sakthipeeth
a) Amarnath yatra is very famous, done in July/ August, only when Amar Shivling is available to humans. We can join the yatra either from Delhi or from Srinagar. Helicopter service is also available.
b) According to some people, it is the Maha Maya temple located at about 5 K.m from Jammu on the by-pass road, behind Bahu Fort, near river Tawi.
Other significant adjacent places: Here, several other momentous places are situated near holy temple – Martand temple , Chandanwadi Sheshnag Lake, Pishu Ghati and Pahalgam .