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 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.
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