Amarnath Yatra (79 images)

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Every summer several hundred thousand devout Hindus from across India arrive in the mountainous and disputed territory of Kashmir, to take part in an arduous pilgrimage to a revered mountain shrine: the Amanarth Cave. The cave contains a lingam, a phallus-shaped piece of ice, and is considered one of the most sacred places by Hindus.

The pilgrimage, or “yatra”, is by foot, pony and, occasionally, by helicopter. It takes place close to the line of control in Kashmir,...
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