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Pilgrimage Centers of Bhagwan
are various ancient & modern Shiva Temples throughout
India, Nepal and of course in China. We divide them
into two categories : Natural & Ancient.
A. Natural Pilgrim Centers
:In this category there are
two very important and famous pilgrimages. The Kailash
Yatra & the Amarnath Yatra.
Kailash Yatra : This is the most important of
all the Shiva pilgrimages. Kailash is a name of
mountain in Tibet (China). It is the abode of Lord
Shiva himself. It is a tough pilgrimage, and is
annually organised by Govt of India with the help
of Govts of Nepal & China. Pilgrims have
to undergo medical fitness tests to see whether
they can stand the rigorous journey.
Yatra : This is another very famous annual Yatra.
It starts on Raksha Bandhan Day and is a month long
period few days after the Guru Poornima in monsoons.
In a large cave in higher reaches of Himalayan mountains
in Kashmir a large Shivlinga of ice is naturally
formed every year. This alone is seen as Lord Amarnath.
Now, the pilgrims have to first register themselves
with the Govt of J&K before undertaking this
great & adventurous Yatra.
B. Ancient Pilgrim Centers : In this category we place the twelve Jyotirlingas,
Five Panchamahabhuta Shivlinga Temple, and Bhagwan
Pashupatinath Temple at Kathmandu in Nepal.
Jyotirlingas: These are the twelve ancient
pilgrimage centers reference of which is found in
the Shiv Purana. They are called jyotirlingas because
Lord Shiva is said to have revealed himself to his
devotees in the form of Jyoti light. Even
today devotees are said to have got his darshan
in the form of jyoti at these places.