Hemkund or the “snow lake’ nestle at a height of 4329 m amidst seven snow coverd mountains which are collectively called Hemkund parvat The sacred star shaped gurudwara near the lake is one of the most important sikh piligrim centres. It is believed that Guru Govind singh ji , the tenth sikh Guru mediated here.Saint like a Rishi Medhasa of the Markadeya Purana and Lakshman is located near the Gurudwara. The 15 kms. trk from Govindghat to Hemkund is very popular . A temple dedicated to Lakshman is near the gurudwara. The best time to come her is from July- October
The Gurdwara is known for its rich historical importance….The gates of shrine were reopened on Monday after their closure for winters. The first prayers were offered at the shrine on Monday morning followed by Shri Sukhmani Sahib, Shabad Kirtan and Mukhwaak. Some of known unknown things are given below
- Sri Hemkunt Sahib is mentioned in the life history of Guru Gobind Singh Ji who meditated at Hemkunt Sahib located at an altitude of 16,000 ft in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district for a long time. In spite of this, the place remained unknown and undiscovered for more than 2 centuries.
- Bhai Santokh Singh Ji was a Sikh poet and historian who used imagination and descriptions in the relics to identify this place. This helped reach the correct spot.
- It was on the basis of indication in Mahabharata, that the place was well spotted by Pandit Narotam and Bhai Vir Singh Ji. A mutual history belongingness is visible between Sikh and Hindu divinity.
- One visit is must for every Sikh in his lifetime and the sanctity of the spot is beyond one’s imagination!
- Faith in the slogan “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh” keeps the atmosphere warm for every pilgrim.
- From Rishikesh to Srinagar to Joshimath and then Gobind Dham, you cross eight pilgrimage destinations. So you have a very enriching experience on your way!!
- Alaknanda is the famous river associated with the route which provides pleasant refreshment.
- The Gurdwara remains closed for most of the time in a year and closes 15 days before Dussehra.
- This sacred “tapa asthana” of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji faces extremes of weather. Hemkunt Sahib gets snow all around the year and the temperatures are akin to Siachen Glacier
- The free kitchen service and en route free distribution of dry fruits goes a long way to talk about the selfless service.
- The low oxygen supply given the altitude of the place forces many devotees to come down by the evening.
- The Indian Army is a key helper to pave a way in snow and make the path accessible to the innumerable devotees visiting the shrine.
- The steel heavy plates used to construct the building of the Gurdwara Sahib was supplied without any transport from narrowest of the way possible; travelling a distance of 10410 metre without any machinery or transport. It was all human effort!
- This is the only Gurdwara in the world to be constructed at an altitude of 15,210 feet.
- It’s the only Gurdwara in the world to have a pentagonal structure in its design. A very distinct feature considering the prominence of domes in all the Gurdwaras.