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Sikh pilgrimage site Hemkund Sahib to open for pilgrims today

The revered Sikh pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand – Hemkund Sahib – will open its doors for pilgrims at 9 AM on Thursday morning. On Wednesday, tourism minister Satpal Maharaj flagged off the first batch of 588 pilgrims towards the holy shrine at Govindghat. The batch stayed overnight at Ghangaria before leaving for Hemkund Sahib on Thursday morning. Perched at an height of 4,632 meters, Hemkund Sahib is one the most venerated Sikh shrines in Uttarakhand which is visited by large number of pilgrims every year.

After the first batch was flagged off under the aegis of Panj Pyare, around 5,000 pilgrims reached Ghangaria on Wednesday evening. The district administration have assured that the trekking routes have been repaired and arrangements have been made for the photometric registration of the pilgrims. The rates for jeeps and mules have been fixed by the administration for a hassle-free pilgrimage.

According to rituals performed at Hemkund Sahib, Gurdwara granthis take dip in the holy Hemkund sarovar, following which the Guru Granth Sahib is brought for a procession led by Panj Pyare and set up in the Gurdwara. After the ritual, ‘ardaas’ (prayer) and ‘langar’ (mass kitchen) takes place.

Inputs from Amar Ujala