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The Truth Behind Holy Amarnath

The Truth Behind Holy Amarnath

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The Truth Behind Holy Amarnath
The Land Of Kashmir
Nilamata Purana: Ka means "water" and Shimir means "todesiccate". Hence, Kashmir stands for "a land desiccated fromwater".
 The Nilamata Purana gives the name Kashmira to the Valleyconsidering it to be an embodiment of Uma.
In theRajatarangini, a history of Kashmir written byKalhanain the 12th century, it is stated that the valley of Kashmir was formerly alake. This was drained by the great rishi or sage,Kashyapa, bycutting the gap in the hills at Baramulla (Varaha-mula). WhenKashmir had been drained, Kashyapa askedBrahmansto settlethere.
 The name of Kashyapa is by history and tradition connected withthe draining of the lake, and the chief town or collection of dwellings in the valley was called Kashyapa-pura.
The Amarnath Fact Sheet
 The shrine is cover 5,000 years old and forms an important part of ancient Hindu mythology
 The reference to Amarnath can be seen in the Nilamata Purana(v.1324).
 The pilgrimage to the holy cave has been described with fulltopographical details in the Bhringish Samhita and the AmarnathaMahatmya, both ancient texts said to have been composed evenearlier.
References to Amarnath, known have also been made in historicalchronicles like the Rajatarangini.
Several Western travellers’ accounts also leave no doubt aboutthe fact that the holy cave has been known to people forcenturies.

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