Best Religious Places to Visit in Pahalgam
Inside the mountain cave, water droplets drip down from the top and freeze into ice, forming an ice stalagmite known as Shiv Linga, which Hindus believe is a phallic emblem of Hindu God Lord Shiva. Shiv Linga's natural ice formation grows from May to August and then gradually wanes after that.
This lingam is claimed to expand and decrease with the phases of the moon, reaching its peak during the summer festival of 'Shravan,' the Hindu calendar's fifth month, which runs from July to August. Thousands of devotees from all across India make the long journey to the shrine during this period, risking harsh weather and steep terrain motivated by what they call ‘God’s calling.
The temple is an important religious site that draws pilgrims from all over the world. It is said that the courtyard's spring is the same where Goddess Parvati used to take a bath and directed his son Ganesha to prohibit anyone's entry while she was inside. Shiva was enraged when Ganesha denied him admission while guarding the entrance. Shiva decapitated Ganesha in rage. Lord Shiva afterward restored his life at Goddess Parvati's request.