Amarnath Pigeons: All You Need to Know about the 2 Immortal Amarnath PigeonsReading Time: 2 minutes
You’ve probably heard a lot about the Amarnath Yatra and maybe even visited it, but did you know about the two eternal pigeons that live in the Amarnath cave? Both of these immortal pigeons were present when Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati visited this cave to tell the immortal story.
You will be amazed if you hear about the story of these birds being immortal, and no one is lucky as you if you ever encounter these pigeons.
Amarnath Dham is a Shiv Dham in which Lord Shiva is supposed to be seated in the Amarnath cave. This snow Shivling, which was formed from snowy droplets in this holy cave, is also considered a supernatural marvel from a religious and historical standpoint. It is reported that a pair of pigeons has lived in this cave for years, so let’s learn more about them.
Story of Amarnath Pigeons
Legend has it that at the Amarnath Cave, Hindu God Shiva was revealing the knowledge of creation and immortality to his wife Goddess Parvati. In the cave, a pair of pigeons were mating when they overheard the teachings. When the storey concluded and Lord Shiva’s attention was drawn to Mother Parvati, he discovered Parvati sleeping, and his gaze was drawn to those two birds. When God Shiva saw this, he became enraged, it is then that both the pigeons begged for mercy.
Thereafter God Shiva bestowed a boon on both those birds, stating that they would always remain in the same area as a symbol of God Shiva and Parvati and which the reason that the two birds are reported to be always present in the cave till today.
There is a popular belief that sighting the pair of White Pigeons at the shrine is considered highly auspicious.
You will be astonished to learn that despite the fact that it is bitterly cold on one side and everything is wet on the other, nothing has ever happened to these two pigeons since they are immortal.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are there pigeons in Amarnath?
Seeing a pair of white pigeons in the cave during the Amarnath Yatra is consequently considered extremely auspicious and honourable. It is reported that believers still see a pair of birds here nowadays. The two pigeons are said to still visit the cave at midnight on full moon nights, according to the residents.
2. Who saw Amarnath cave first?
According to legend, the cave was found in 1850 by a Muslim shepherd named Buta Malik. He was grazing his cattle in the mountains when he was given a bag of coal by a Sufi mystic, which subsequently turned out to be gold.
3. What is the secret of Amarnath?
There were no living beings in the cave when Lord Shiva revealed the secret of immortality to his spouse. Before disclosing the secret of immortality, Lord Shiva annihilated all living beings in the area. Only a pigeon egg and a parrot egg were present, and he spared them because they were neither alive nor dead.
4. Is Amarnath Yatra safe?
Going to Amarnath was a fantastic experience, but it was also quite risky due to the narrow roads and the low temperature (with 0% oxygen). Medical fitness is required.
5. How old is Amarnath temple?
The temple is said to be around 5,000 years old, and it is even mentioned in ancient Hindu literature, according to some.