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Hemkund Sahib Yatra

Guru Gobind Singh Ji the Tenth Master in one of his great holy compositions entitled “Bachittar Natak” while giving a hint or pointing out this good site states :

Ab mae apni katha bakhano. (Now I narrate my own tale)

Hemkunt parbat hae jahan. Sapat sring sobhit hae tahan. (Hemkunt Mountain is auspiciously situated among “Sapat Sring”, a mountain-chain of the Himalyas

Tah hum adhik tappasia saadhi. (At that site I meditated heavily on God in the previous birth)

Tin prabh jab aais muhe dia. Tab ham janam kalloo meh lia. (When the Almighty allowed me then I took birth in the dark age)

On the basis of the aforesaid holy composition uttered by Guru Sahib and with the Sikh Sangat’s assistance some Gursikhs (the true Sikhs) Sant Sohan Singh ji Tihri wale, Hawaldar Modan Singh ji, Bhai Vir Singh ji etc. started the research work of this holy place. In Samvat Nanakshahi 465-66 (1933-34 A.D.) they on the dint of the Sikh Sangat’s assistance and the Guru’s kind grace were successful in reaching this holy place. Roundabout Samvat Nanakshahi 468 (1936 A.D.) the Sikh Sangat got the Gurdwara Sahib constructed at this site. The inauguration of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib ji was manifested in Samvat Nanakshahi 469 (August-Sep., 1937 A.D.)

Surrounded by the snow-ladden for about four to five months and sky-touching mountainous peaks this holy place is situated approximately at the height of 15,000 feet from the sea level. At the climax of the winter season sometimes the snow-fall reaches even upto 30-35 feet. This place is approximately at a distance of 35 to 40 kms from the border of China. On the three sides there are the seven peaks of the Sapatsring Mountain of the Hamkunt Mountain Chain (1. Rudar Himalaya 2. Bishanpuri 3. Udgari Kanth 4. Sarga Rohan5. Brahampuri 6. Mer 7. Sumer) and on the fourth side Nilkanth Mountain is situated. The circumambulation of the holy tank is about 1¼ or 1½ kms. The water of the tank is clean like glass.

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