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Story of Chandanwari on the way to Amarnath Cave and Shiva

Chandanwari, on the way to Amarnath Cave, is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. The story of the origin of this beautiful place, located on the banks of Sheshnag River, is associated with Shiva.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of the immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva left behind his Chandra (moon) and jata (dreadlock). The place where Shiva abandoned moon and jata came to be known as Chandanwari.

Chandra (Moon) and jata (dreadlock) symbolize the intellect of discrimination. Shiva abandoned it second on his way to Amarnath cave.

Shiva had first abandoned Nandi on his way to the cave.