Baba Barfani is the term used to refer the ice Shivling that forms in the Amarnath cave in
and Kashmir. People call the Shiva Lingam - Hindu God Shiva - Baba
Barfani with love and respect. The annual Amarnath Yatra to the renowned cave
shrine in Jammu and Kashmir attracts thousands
of people. The cave shrine is noted for the formation of a natural Shiva
Lingam. The natural ‘ice lingam’ is formed by the ice droplets from the rooftop
of the vast cave.
Amarnath Yatra to have the darshan of Baba Barfani usually begins around the Jyeshta Purnima day (June) and ends on the Raksha Bandan day (Shravan Purnima) (August).
The size of the Baba Barfani Shivling varies from 12 ft to 25 ft.
The cave shrine can be accessed from Baltal and the traditional Pahalgam route.
The Baltal route is shorter but the climb is steep. The traditional Pahalgam route passes through Sheeshnag and Panchtarni – both are important historical places associated with Hinduism which finds mention in Hindu Puranas and Epics.