Hemkund Sahib or the Snow Lake is situated 4329 mt above sea level, 40 Km from Joshimath. It is surrounded with seven snow capped mountains which are called Hemkund Parvat.
The lake is covered with snow through most of the year, but when the snows melt, the mythical yellow-green flower known as the Brahma Kamal, the `Lotus of the Godsí, blooms amidst the rocks. The place of wild and untamed beauty - and one of Sikhismís most important shrines.
The holy site has been considered a yatra long before Guru Gobind Singhji came here. It was previously called Lokpal, meaning 'Keeper of the World'. The place has been associated with the tenth guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh.
It is said that his earlier incarnations resided in Lokpal, and this was a reason that Guru Gobind Singh came here. Gobind Singhji came here for meditating and later wrote his experience about the place in his biograpy.
Set in the snow-capped mountains and lying beside a lake of clear blue water, the Sikh shrine is a place of unbelievable beauty and peace. Seven peaks - known as the Sapt Sring- surround the shrine, looming over lush green pastures.
Itís a beautiful holy place and one of the most important shrines of the Sikh religion.
The tenth and guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, meditated for years in these mountains, finally leaving his earthly form and uniting with God.
The star-shaped Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib, at a height of over 4,000 mt, is a memorial to Guru Gobind Singh and an important Sikh Yatra center and is visited by a large number of Sikhs and Hindues from all over the world.
Pilgrims take a dip in the holy waters of the frozen lake. The pilgrims take a holy dip in the ice cold water of the lake - known as Amrit Sarovar before entering the gurudwara.
The dip in the holy lake is considered very scared and holy by the pilgrims. Then prayers are offered at the gurudwara
The pilgrims carry this holy water from Hemkund to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Hemkund Sahib is a part of Garhwal Tourism and , the local languages spoken are Gadhwali and Hindi.
Hemkund Sahib receives heavy snowfall during winters and landslides during rainy season that can disrupt your visit to this shrines, and also be careful of slippery roads if you are driving to Hemkund Sahib via Govind Ghat. So the summer season from May to June is the ideal time to make this holy journey.
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