Swami Agnivesh comments on Amarnath Shiva temple that the shivling which appears in the form of ice in Amarnath shrine is just another block of ice and holds no religious significance.
The 5000 year-old Amarnath temple is opened only once a year during June, July and August, holds great significance as per Hindu religious history (mythology).
According to many legends associated with and mentioned in Puranas and other Holy Scriptures, Lord Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his wife Goddess Parvati, whose ice formation is also present in the cave temple of Amarnath.
Update: On 1 December 2012, Swami Agnivesh was manhandled by VHP activists for commenting on Amarnath Temple..
As per the news source…..
Local VHP head B L Tiwari and supporters of saffron organisation Sanskriti Bachao Manch attacked Swami Agnivesh and manhandled him at the Ravindra Bhavan. The violent activists tried to tear apart Agnivesh’s robe claiming that he did not deserve to wear saffron attire. They even called him a traitor to the nation, sympathiser of Naxals and insurgents. The VHP even alleged Agnivesh had deceived Anna Hazare during the crusade against corruption. Police rescued Agnivesh from the spot while the VHP workers continued to raise slogans.
In May this year, Agnivesh faced the wrath of the saffron brigade and was slapped in the face during a meeting in Ahmedabad for the same remark on Amarnath ice deity.