RISHIKESH, Uttarakhand, India—Gates of the hilly Sikh shrine Sri Hemkunt Sahib will re-open on May 25 for pilgrimage this year. Notably, the gates of Sri Hemkunt Sahib are closed every year during winter as excessive snowfall occurs there.
Sharing the development with Sikh24, Vice-president of Sri Hemkunt Sahib Management Trust S. Narinderjit Singh Bindra informed that all the preparations for the pilgrimage starting on May 25 have been completed. He informed that work to remove glaciers of snow formed during winter will be begun on May 2 by the Indian army men.
S. Narinderjit Singh Bindra further informed that 40 new rooms have been constructed at Rishikesh keeping in view the rising count of pilgrims. “A solar power plant with capacity of 150 KV has been also installed to ensure regular power supply,” he added.
It is pertinent to note here that 6,000, 5,000 and 4,000 pilgrims can be accommodated free of cost at Rishikesh, Gobind Ghat and Gobind Dham respectively. The pilgrims are also offered free of cost health services, food and water during pilgrimage.
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 its cliff.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at email@example.com