Amarnath is an ancient pilgrimage center. The Amarnath cave is located at a distance of 86 miles north east of Srinagar, at a height of 13000 feet above sea level. Shiva is worshipped here in the form of a Shivalinga shaped ice block, made by drops of water oozing naturally in the cave.
Legends of Amarnath
Kashmir - An Ancient Shaivaite Centre
According to the legend, Shiva made the Gods immortal by providing them with the celestial nectar, and resided here upon their request. This boon of immortality lent the name Amarnath.
Kashmir was a great Shaivite center in the 1st millennium CE. Kashmiri Shaivism is referred to as "Trika Mata" and it dates back to the 8th century CE. The three components of Kashmiri Shaiva literature are "Agama Shastra", "Spanda Shastra" and the "Pratyabhijna Shastra". "Kalhana", a