Himalayan pilgrimages are the oldest organised travel system, evolved over time
by Hindu sages and embodying the spirit of wander, adventure and spirituality"
Shiva, in the form of a lingam, is formed naturally of an ice - stalagmite One
of the holy trinity, Shiva is a living god. The most ancient and sacred book
of India, the Rig Veda evokes his presence in its hymns. Vedic myths, ritual
and even astronomy testify to his existence from the dawn of time.
Shiva is known to have made his home in the Himalayas. He built no house nor
shelter, not for himself or his bride. He was an ascetic, and yet married; he
could be both for "he was the wild god sporting in the forest or taking
his ease on a cloud."
Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in the
Amarnathji cave. Unknown to them, a pair of mating pigeons eavesdropped on this
conversation and having learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and
have made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report seeing the pigeons-pair
when they trek the arduous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the
phallic symbol of Shiva).