CHANDIGARH,Punjab—In the wake of prevailing unfavorable circumstances due to coronavirus pandemic, the annual pilgrimage to hilly Sikh shrine Gurdwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib has been suspended for an indefinite period. Notably, the pilgrimage to Sri Hemkunt Sahib usually begins in June every year and lasts till September.
Narinderjit Singh Bindra, vice president of Sri Hemkunt Sahib Management Trust, has informed that they have decided to suspend annual pilgrimage for an indefinite time as the government has also not released any advisory in this concern. “It’s not possible to make adequate arrangements for the pilgrimage without the government’s support,” he added.
Sewa Singh, the manager of Gurdwara Gobind Ghat, informed that he visited Sri Hemkunt Sahib on May 23 to take stock of the situation. “A 25 feet thick and 300 feet long layer of snow is present at Atlakoti (near Sri Hemkunt Sahib) due to more snowfall this,” he said while adding that the building of Gurdwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib is surrounded by 12-15 feet thick layer of snow.
It is pertinent to note here that the snow deposited on the path leading to Sri Hemkunt Sahib is removed by the India Military every year.