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In Mamal village of Pahalgam there is a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Ka shmir’s oldest existing temple dating to the 8th century.Chandanwari, 16 kms., from Pahalgam is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra which takes place every year in the month of Sawan (July-August).

The destination is the Amarnath Cave, believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Although the road from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is on fairly flat terrain and can be undertaken by car, from Chandanwari onwards the track becomes much steeper, being accessible on foot or by pony. 11 kms., from Chandanwari is the mountain lake of Sheshnag, after which, 13 kms., away is the last stop, Panchtarni. The Amarnath cave is 6 kms., away from there. During the month of Sawan (July-August), an ice stalagmite forms a natural Shivling which waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.

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