A proven fact that the yatra to the Amarnath shrine leaves a everlasting spiritual impact on one's life. The story narrated by people about the discovery of this Holy Cave is of a person named Buta Malik . He is given the credit of discovering this HolyCave.
Story goes like this, that a saint gave Buta Malik a bag full of Coal. On reaching his home when he opened the bag , to his utter surprise the bag was full of gold coins. This made him overwelmed with joy. He ran to thank the Saint . But, what he found was that the Saint had disappeared . Instead , he found The Holy Cave and Shiv Lingam there. He announced the discovery of this to the Villagers. Then onwards this has become the sacred place of Pilgrimage .
The trek to Amarnath, in the month of sharavan ( July–August) has the devout flock to this shrine, where the image of Shiva, in the form of a Lingam, is formed naturally of an Ice Stalagmite, which waxes and wanes with the Moon's cycle . By its side are fascinating, two more Ice Lingams, that of Maa Parvati and of their son, Ganesha .