Hemkund Sahib reopens for pilgrims



Gopeshwar: Devotees took a holy dip in the glacial lake at Sri Hemkund Sahib as the Sikh shrine, surrounded by snow-clad Himalayan peaks, in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district reopened on Saturday after an eight-month winter break.

Thousands of pilgrims, including Uttarakhand Minority Commission chief NS Bindra, took a ritual bath in the lake before paying obeisance at the gurudwara.

Situated at a height of 15,500-ft near the famous Badrinath shrine and surrounded by seven mountain peaks, Hemkund Sahib can be reached only after a 20-km trek from Gobindghat on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

Devoted to Guru Gobind Singh, the shrine finds mention in Dasam Granth, a piece of work believed to have been narrated by the tenth Sikh Guru, and is closed for eight months in October due to snow-bound conditions.

PTI