Land of mysticism that draws thousands of spiritual lovers from all over the world is none other than the incredible India. It is the source of diverse religions such as Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Each holy destination of India is soaked in deep myths and holds great importance, but the most celebrated one that lures scores of devotees with its fabulous exquisiteness and interesting fable is Shri Hemkund Sahib in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand. If someone seeks to attain the peace of mind and soul, embark on Hemkund Sahib Yatra, located at a height of 15,200 ft above sea level with the views of picturesque hills and charming Lokpal Lake.
The sparkling rivers, rich beauty of snow covered mountains and gentle breeze make it amongst the most admired pilgrimage sites of India. The 10th Guru Gobind Singh had meditated here in his earlier life. And after meditation for many years, he got amalgamated with the deity. In his memory a sacred temple called as Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara was built on the Coast of Hemkund Lake where Sikhs and Hindus purify themselves before entering inside the shrine. The lake has medicinal properties and aids one in recovering health.
Enclosed by seven mountain peaks together hailed as Hemkund Parbat, it is vital equally for Indian and Sikhs, additionally for the folks of different religions. There is a Hindu temple of Sri Lakshman located in close immediacy to the Hemkund Lake and the nearest Badrinath Temple, which is one of the highly visited pilgrims’ destinations of Chardham circuit.
The destination is believed to have been existed from Ramayana times. And as a result it is connected with myths of several gods like Lord Vishnu, Shri Lakshman, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and Lord Vishnu. A famous among all the myths is Lakshman carrying out penance after being injured in a conflict with son (Meghnath) of Ravana. To save Lakshman, his wife started praying and hanuman got enthused by her heartbreaking prayer and went out to bring a Sanjivani buti (revitalizing herb), which eventually saved him. It is also said that when Shri Lakshman got revitalized, deities did a rain of flowers which had fallen to the soil and taken origin in the valleys of flowers.
The appearance of the Gurudwara is star shaped from outside and it was unknown from folks until 20th century. Shri Guru Gobind Singhji’s autobiography in which he has told about his origin and assignments which were given by god. He reveals about Hemkund Sahib, a beautiful lake among the seven snow clad mountain peaks is a same destination where king Pandu carried out yoga and guruji did deep rumination on the orders of god.
It is supposed to have established in 1930 by Sant Sohan Singh, an Indian army personal. When he passed away in 1937, Halvinder Modan Singh who helped him out, set the establishment of the present Gurudwara. And after his death, it got chosen as a unique destination of devotion by Sikh spiritual associations.
There are oodles of hotels and resorts located enroute to Hemkund Sahib from Rishikesh through Joshimath. One can find a good accommodation with basic amenities encumbered in the rooms to make his/her stay pleasant and comfortable. Those who are wishing to stay close to Hemkund Lake will have to come back to Ghangaria which is a 6 km trek.
How one can make it to Shri Hemkund Sahib?
By Air: Jolly grant airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport, nestled 150 miles from Shri Hemkund Sahib.
By Rail: Haridwar is the nearest railway station, situated about 140 miles away.
By Road: One has to get on a trek of 12 km from Govindghat to reach Hemkund due to absence of motorable road. New Delhi- Rishikesh- Srinagar- Rudraprayag- Karnaprayag- Chamoli- Joshimath- Govindgath- Hemkund sahib
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The best time to plan visiting on Hemkund Sahib Yatra is between May and October
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