The Amarnath Cave has special significance. This is the cave which was chosen by Bhole Shankar for narrating the secrets of immortality and creation of Universe to Maa Parvatiji. The story goes like this: Centuries ago Maa Parvati asked Shivji to let her know why and when He started wearing the beads of heads Mund Mala. Bhole Shankar replied whenever you are born I add one more head in my beads. Maa Parvati said, "My Lord, my body is destroyed every time and I die again and again, but you are Immortal. Please let me know the secret." Bhole Shankar replied that it is due to Amar Katha. Maa Parvati insisted that she must be told the secret. For long Shivji continued postponing the same. Finally, on consistent demand from Maa Parvati he made up his mind to tell the immortal secret. He started for lonely place where no living being could listen to it. He chose the Amarnath Cave. In preparation to that he left his Nandi The Bull, which he used to ride at Pahalgam Bail gaon. At Chandanwari he released Moon from his hairs Jataon. At the banks of Lake Sheshnag he released the snakes.
He decided to leave his son Ganesha at Mahagunas Parvat Mahaganesh Hill. At Panchtarni, Shivji left the Five Elements behind Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sky, which make living being. He is the Lord of these elements. It is believed that as a symbol of sacrificing the earthly world, Shivji and Maa Parvati had Tandav Dance. After leaving behind all these, Bhole Shankar enters the Holy Amarnath Cave along with Parvati Maa. Lord Shiva takes his Samadhi on the Deer Skin and concentrate. To ensure that no living being is able to hear the Immortal Tale, He created Rudra named Kalagni and ordered him to spread fire to eliminate every living thing in and around the Holy Cave. After this he started narrating the secret of immortality to Maa Parvati. But as a matter of chance, one egg which was lying beneath the Deer skin remained protected. It is believed to be non-living and more over it was protected by Shiva -Parvati Asan Bed. The pair of pigeons, which were born out of this egg, became immortal having listened to the secret of immortality Amar Katha. Many pilgrims report seeing the pair of pigeons when they trek the arduous route to pay their obeisance before the Ice-Lingam the phallic symbol of Shiva.
Indian Spiritual tradition has propounded four Purusharth objectives of a human life. They are Dharm Righteousness, Arth Material Pursuits, Kaam Contentment and Moksh Enlightenment. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi is believed to grant all the four boons to those who visit Her Holy Shrine. She is considered to fulfill anything and everything that a person wishes for in life, in a righteous way. It is an experience of all, that no one goes empty handed from Her Great Pilgrimage.
The journey to the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is thus an enchanting journey of the places where Mata Vaishnovi had spent some time while observing various spiritual disciplines and penances. The culmination of this journey is at the Holy Cave where she merged Her Human form with the astral form of her creators, the three Supreme Energies.
Shiva’ means ‘auspicious’ – is one of the Hindu god which makes the supreme Trinity, comprising of Brahma; the creator, Vishnu; the Preserver and Shiva or Mahesh; the Destroyer and Re-Producer of life. Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the world, which is responsible for the change. Lord Shiva is worshipped in many forms. He is conceived in his unborn and invisible form as lingum. The "Shiv-Lingum" symbolizes the power behind the creation. It is believed that at the end of all creation, during the great deluge, all of the different aspects of God find a resting place in the Lingam.
Famous cave shrine of "Shivkhori" situated in District Reasi of J&K state depicts the natural formation of shivlingum. It is one of the most venerated cave shrines of Lord Shiva in the region. The Holy cave is more than 150 mts long & houses 4 feet high Svayambhu Lingum, which constantly baths in a milky lime fluid dripping from the ceiling. The cave is full of natural impression & images of various Hindu Deities & full of divine feelings. That is why Shivkhori is known as "Home of Gods". The route from Jammu to Shiv Khori is full of beautiful & picturesque mountains, waterfalls & lakes.