Amarnath cave Ice Lingam Completely Melts Away

The Amarnath Yatra is organized every year by the J & K Govt. during  the month of sharavan ( July and August). Times of India reports that unprecedented rush of devotees at the Amarnath cave has melted 10 days before the yatra formally ends. Use of camera flashes, burning of agarbathies and other human interferences were responsible for the premature melting of the ‘Lingam’.

The Amarnath cave, in which the Lingam is formed, is situated in a narrow gorge at the far end of the Lidder valley at an altitude of 3,888 metres. Temperature here is always at sub-zero level.

In less than a month, nearly 600,000 pilgrims have so far performed the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath, officials said. Authorities say the increased number of pilgrim rush and high temperatures in Kashmir over the past few weeks can  be attributed to the premature melting of the ‘Lingam’.

The early melting of the ‘Ice Lingam’ is not a new phenomenon as in 2007 the ice stalagmite melted away completely. In 2006, the Amarnath Shrine Board was embroiled in a huge controversy as it was alleged that to keep the yatra going, authorities dumped ice over the original ‘Lingam’ as at the very start of the ‘yatra’ size of the ‘Shiva Lingam’ was very small.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple vault B should not be opened for stock taking till July 15: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the opening of the last vault of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. While deferring the vault’s opening the court asked the former Travancore royal family, who are the trustees of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and the Kerala government to give suggestions on the security, conservation and preservation aspects of the temple and the treasure recovered.

There are six vaults in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple from A to F and only vault B is yet to be opened. Meanwhile, the state government announced that rs 1 crore will be allocated for temple security. Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani made the announcement in the state Assembly on Friday.

Security is a huge concern after the vaults revealed a treasure trove worth more than Rs 1 lakh crore.Three battalions of Kerala Armed Police and some National Security Guards trained commandos having already been deployed at the temple. The creation of a special security zone around the Sree Padmnabhaswamy temple is also on the anvil to protect the huge treasure found in its vaults.

The apex court ordered that vault B of the Temple should not be opened for stock taking till July 15.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday also ordered videography and photography of the treasure found at the temple.

Srisailam is a holy town in Kurnool district

Srisailam is a holy town and Mandal, situated in 232 km south of Hyderabad in Nallamala hills of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Srisailam is one among the various Jyothirlingam of India. A multipurpose dam has been built across River Krishna and caters to the irrigation and power needs of the state. The word ‘Nalla’ means beautiful and ‘mala’ means hill.

The temple complex in srisailam, whose existing buildings date from the 2nd century AD, is the Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple, it is one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ in India as well as one of the eighteen most sacred goddess shrines, or Shakti Pithas.The temple is the site of Mahakali in the form of Bhramaramba. It is believed, the Vrishabha, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva performed penance here. Lord Shiva appeared before him, with his consort Parvati in the forms of Mallikarjuna and Bharamaramba.

Heroic legends from the Mahabharata and Ramayana are sculpted in stone on the temple walls and the Mahabharata epic refers to Srisailam as Sri Parvata – “the blessed hill”. Tradition, literature as well as epigraphical sources states that the sacred Hill of Srisailam has four GATE WAYS in the four cardinal directions Tripuranthakam in Prakasam District in the east,Siddhavatam on the bank of the river Penna in Kadapa District in the south,Alampur on the bank of the river Tungabhadra in Mahaboobnagar District in the west and Umamaheswaram in Rangapur, Achampeta Mandal,Mahaboobnagar District in the North.

Beside the main gateways four more Secondary Gateways in the four corner directions are also popularly known.Eleswaram located in Mahaboobnagar District, Somasila on the bank of the river Penna in South – East, Pushpagiri in Kadapa District in the South-West and Sangameswaram at the confluence of the River Krishna and Tungabhadra in Kurnool District on the North-West.

To Reach Srisailam: The nearest railway stations are Vinukonda(120 km) and Markapur(85KM) the Guntur-Hubli Section and Kurnool (190KM).Srisailam can be reached by road from Hyderabad. Hyderabad is nearest airport for Srisailam visit.
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