Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib, Hemkunt

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Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib is the prominent pilgrimage site of the Sikhs and is situated on the banks of the Hemkund Lake. This place holds religious significance as Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of Sikhs mediated here for years. Before going inside the shrine, the Sikhs take a dip in the holy water of the lake, which is situated nearby. The lake water is very cold, and there are separate chambers for men and women where they can take a holy dip. Devotees can also buy small souvenirs from the nearby shops.

Inside the Gurudwara, devotees are given tea and khichri along with the Karah Parshad, which is prepared using equal parts of sugar, wheat flour and ghee. The Karah Parshad is given to the devotees after the assembly. During the assembly, the Sikhs pray and read the Hukamnama from the top left hand side of the page of the Guru Granth Sahib, opening it randomly. The Gurudwara was built in the year 1960, when Major General Harkirat Singh, the Chief Engineer of the Indian Army visited the place. Later, Architect Siali looked after the construction of the Gurudwara.


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