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Hemkund Sahib

 

 

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O God beautiful, O God beautiful !

In the  forest Thou art green

In the mountain Thou art high

In the river Thou art restless

In the ocean Thou art grave

To the selfless Thou art service

To the lover Thou art love

To the weak Thou art sympathy

To the Yogi Thou art bliss

O God beautiful, O God beautiful

At Thy feel, O I do bow !

 

(Guru Nanak)

 Guru    Govind    Singh  Ji  in  his   book “Vichitra Natak” had made a reference to a  place  beside a  lake   between  seven snow clad peaks (Sapt Sringa) where he meditated   and   blessed  by    Goddess Mahakali  in  his  previous  birth.  In 1930 Sant   Mohan   Singh  and   Hav    Sohan Singh    while      traveling    in      higher   Himalayas discovered the  picturesque   lake described by Guru Govind Singh. It is named as Hem Kund or Hem Kunt Sahib. This celestial place is located in the beautiful natural surrounding of Alpine   fauna and flora. The trek to Hemkund Sahib starts at Govind Ghat a place situated 20 Km ahead of Joshimath enroute Badrinath on the confluence of Alakhnanda and Laxman Ganga.
After crossing Alakhnanda, the trak is same for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib up to Ghangaria (15 Km) alongwith Laxman Ganga crossing it on log bridges several times passing through pleasant Bhunder Ghati full of varities of flowers including Brahma Kamal. A Gurudwara named as Govind Dham is situated providing free food and shelter to visitors. Laxaman Ganga is joined here by Pushawati river flowing from Valley of Flowers. The 5 Km track from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib is comparatively tough and steep but presents enchanting hide and seek with lofty snow clad peaks and glaciers.  

An old temple of Laxaman and Bhagwati is also situated nearby. A fair is held on Janmastmi (August) in which local Bhotia Tribes from far flung Niti and Mana Valleys also participate in their colorful costumes.


 

 


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