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The opening of the Hemkund Sahib shrine (15th May, 2016): Hemkund Sahib is renowned for 10th Sikh Guru, who meditated here, is opening today on 26th May, 2016. Every year, this shrine opens either in the month of May or June and closes in the month of October. This year, the opening ceremony is being attended by more than 10,000 devotees from different parts of the world. This shrine shall be opened in the traditional manner as done every year. The Gurudwaras at Govind ghat, Ghangria and Hemkund Sahib have been beautifully decorated for the opening day. Every where one can hear the chant – “Jo bole so nihal, sat shri akal”.

Hemkund Sahib is located at an altitiude of 12,500 feet where one gas to trek a 20 km path. The last road head is Govind ghat, which is 20 km from Joshimath. It takes two days to reach Hemkund Sahib on foot. First day, the night halt is done at Ghangria, which is 15 km trek from Govind ghat. Next day, there is another trek of 5 km from Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib. The pilgrims after taking a holy dip in the lake bow head and prey the Ardas at Hemkund Sahib. The pilgrims have not only arrived from India but also the countries like USA, Canada, Australia, England etc. The pilgrims are of all ages including children and women.

The description of Hemkund Sahib may be found in the text book – Vichitra Natak, which states that the 10th Guru Govind Singh meditated here. Hemkund Sahib has been described as a very beautiful and sacred place in the text book. In Vichitra Natak, it is described that Guru Govind Singh has meditated at Hemkund Sahib and praised about this place surrounded by peaks. This place is also known as Lokpal and a Laxman temple has been in existence here for a very long time, which is also worshiped.  

Hemkund Sahib was discovered by Sardar Mohan Singh and his friends in 1932. The search was for the place where Guru Govind Singh meditated and his depiction of the place exactly matched with Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib is 20 km trek from Govind Ghat, whereas Govind ghat is 270 km from Rishikesh.

The famous places near Hemkund Sahib are shown below:

 

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