Hemkunt Sahib Gates Closed Due to Winter Season

DEHRADUN, India—Gates of the hilly Sikh shrine Sri Hemkunt Sahib were closed on October 10 until the next season.

Earlier today before closing of the gates, Sri Sukhmani Sahib path was done and Raagi Jatha of Bhai Kanwarpal Singh Ji delighted the devotees by performing melodious Kirtan. Head Granthi of Sri Hemkunt Sahib Giani Milap Singh performed Ardas for closing the gates. Holy Scripture of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was carried to Sri Sukh Aasan Sahib in the leadership of Punj Piare (five beloved ones of Guru Sahib) amid echoes of the army bands.

Speaking to Sikh24, President of Sri Hemkunt Sahib Management Trust S. Janak Singh and Vice-President S. Narinderjit Singh Bindra informed that more than 250,000 devotees paid obeisance at Sri Hemkunt Sahib this year. They hailed the Uttarakhand government and its entire administration aiding the Management Trust to make the journey of pilgrims smooth this year.   

Situated at altitude of 15,197 feet, Sri Hemkunt Sahib is a Sikh shrine in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. It is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh master, and finds mention in Dasam Granth, a work dictated by Guru Sahib himself. With its setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks, each adorned by a Nishan Sahib on their peaks.

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