Situated on Mount Amarnath, the Amarnath caves are one of the most famous shrines in Hinduism. Dedicated to the god Shiva, the shrine is said to be over 5,000 years old. Inside the main Amarnath cave lays an ice stalagmite resembling the Shiva Linga, which waxes from May to August. Hindus believe this is where Lord Shiva explained the secret of salvation to Parvati on a full moon night. Every year in the month of Shravana (July-August), when the moon is full, thousands of devout pilgrims gather before Amarnath Cave in the picturesque Lidder Valley in Kashmir to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.