In the evening the pilgrims
reach the Gurdwara Gobind Dham.This is last halt for the devotees going to Hemkunt Sahib. This is the first such a magnificent
and beautiful Gurdwara to be situated at a height of ten thousand feet above the sea level. Here thousands of pilgrims can
stay at night and there is no scarcity of blankets and beds. A free kitchen remains open at the service of the devotees for
twenty-four hours. This beautiful Gurdwara had been constructed by the Hemkunt-Trust. The Gurdwara has been built at a very
beautiful place. Here rivulet Lakshman and rivulet Pushpa meet each other. This area is called as Ghaaghria. The atmosphere
of this area is very peaceful and calm.The natural beauty creates a spiritual awakening and a Divine Music of word plays within
one's soul. On hearing this music the devotee finds bliss and sings the praise of God. Man forgets his worldly affairs , instead
the light of Lord sparkles from his head. Here man realizes creator and His creation.
day early in the morning the pilgrims start for their final goal to pay homage to Hemkunt Sahib. As it is very difficult to
stay at Hemkunt Sahib the pilgrims try their best to go earlier so that they might return back during that day.
The distance between Gobind Dham and Hemkunt Sahib is about six-seven
kilometers. Though it is very difficult to ascend such steep heights, but the desire to see the place of dreams encourages
them to climb such a difficult path.
In earlier days there was not smooth path to reach Hemkunt Sahib. So the
people had to take the help of stones and brushes. But now the Hemkunt-Trust has made a smooth and regular path.
When we start to climb, it does not seem so difficult. But after half
a kilometer the steep becomes so straight that we have to put great stress for a single step. But where there is a will, there
is a way. The eagerness to pay homage to Guru Gobind Singh's Tapo-Bhoomi' makes all difficulties easy.
When we finish half the distance then the area of deep forests ends. Then
we feel amazed to see very beautiful and attractive scenes. We see a flower named as Braham Kanwal. We know that Kanwal is
a flower of water. But when we see this Kanwal of rocks, we forget about our tiredness.
In the way there are also some trees of Bhoj Patar’ When we ascend
further we are wonder struck to have a glimpse of Sri Hemkunt Sahib. Sometimes we see towards the holy Sarovar and another
time towards the lotus shaped Gurdwara. We feel as if we have reached the heaven.
When we are confirmed that actually we have reached Tapo-asthan of Guru
Gobind Singh, we see in our imagination the true Guru Gobind Singh on all sides. We forget ourselves. We feel as if we have
become dead and are lying in the lap of Sat Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
It is such a rare experience one feels in his life. . Such a scene and
blissful hour never comes again.
A man realizes it again and again in his imagination, but true view of
Tapo-asthan and surrounding area becomes a myth for him. A man wants again to feel such peace and tranquilly. But who knows
when that hour would come again.
After reaching there the people take bath in the Sarovar and then go to
the Gurdwara to pay homage to the holy Tapo-Asthan.
When we reach the holy place of Sri Hemkunt Sahib we get a glimpse of
Amrit Sarovar (The pond of Nectar) the tank is situated at the height of 15210 ft. above the sea level. This Sarovar is 400
yards long and 200 yards wide. This had been surrounded by the Himalayan peaks. On its three sides the Sapt Sring (seven peaks)
are shining elegantly. These peaks change their colours according to the atmospheric conditions. Some times they look snow
white, some times of golden colour, sometimes of crimson red colour and sometimes brown blue colour makes them mountains of
jewels and rubies. The time has so changed that these seven peaks have been tamed by the devotees of Guru Gobind Singh. Now
the seven peaks are adorned with the Kesari Nishan Sahibs every year. When on bright days we see towards these peaks these
Nishan Sahibs look like pencils. There was time when no human being even imagined to climb over these seven peaks. But by
the Grace of the Great Guru these peaks have become just a game of mountaineering for the Sikhs of Guru Gobind Singh.
In this field the name of Sant Surat Singh is worth mentionable. He was
not only a Saint but also a great warrior of possible tasks. The first peak of the left side is not only highest, but also
too complicated to be climbed easily. But Sant Surat Singh thought that there was nothing impossible in the world. He planned
to conquer this peak and in order to do that he took some iron hooks, chains and other necessary material to achieve the target.
He was the first man to climb this peak.
The chains and hooks which he had installed on the rocks, had made it
easy to ascend the peak.
Now-a-days the devotees of Guru Gobind Singh, who want to climb peak they,
with the assistance of these hooks and chains, reach the top without much difficulty.
Those devotees who install 'Nishan Sahibs' on all the seven peaks every
year, tell that there is also a small pond near the fourth peak, whose water falls into the Hemkunt Sarovar.
Near Hemkunt Sahib and even on the upper region flowers are rare. But
there is a flower like the lotus grown in the rocks. This lotus flower is called Braham Kanwal. Generally the lotus flowers
blooms in water, but when we see it, in the rocks, we are astonished to see such a miracle of the nature.
The lake, fed by springs and waterfalls, is
cold. Until mid June, all but a narrow margin of water along the shore is covered by ice. The men bathe outside after removing
their clothes beneath a shelter. For women there is a separate enclosure inside the gurdwara itself: a bath fed by
water which flows from Hemkunt and then cascades down the slope toward Gobind Dham. Most enter the frigid water slowly, utter
a prayer, then take a series of brisk dips before scampering back to shore. Some pause for a moment to have photos taken to
preserve the event. Local youths are on hand to photograph, for a fee, those without cameras.
The water of the lake is holy water. It is
referred to as amrit (nectar) or jal (holy water). Shops along the route sell plastic bottles which visitors fill when they
reach Hemkunt. Later, after the congregational Ardas has been said People like to take some parshad (consecrated
food) presented by one of the granthi, Sometimes they are given to friends and relations so that those who could not make
the journey can feel a spiritual connection with the sacred place, symbolized by the material object.
Two congregational services are held daily
at Gurdwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib, the first at ten o'clock and the second at one o'clock. Both centre around the Ardas (the Sikh
standard prayer) and the reading of the daily hukamnama (the verse at the top of the left hand page of the Guru Granth Sahib
when the book is opened at random; understood to be the command of the Guru for the day). Often, visitors who can sing kirtan
seat themselves behind tabla (drums), harmonium (organs), and microphones to sing before the assembled crowd. Their music
and voices are broadcast outside of the gurdwara over loudspeakers, and echo across the surface of the water and off of the
surrounding rock walls. Before the group prayer, set shabads are sung by the whole of the congregation. Then the granthi takes
the microphone, welcomes the congregation to Hemkunt Sahib, and explains the significance of their darshan and ishnan. He
relates the story of Hemkunt as it was told in Guru Gobind Singh's autobiography. He then sings, accompanied by all, another
shabad as he unfurls donated rumalas over the Guru Granth Sahib, then he moves to stand before it to begin the Ardas.
The devotees who go towards the seven peaks, they describe that there
grow two other varieties of the lotus known as Shiv Kanwal and Vishnu Kanwal. Those are different in size and colour. These
flowers can bear the very acute cold weather.
The atmosphere around the Hemkunt Sahib is very pleasant and charming.
There grows a velvet type of grass, which makes a man very comfortable and peaceful when one sleeps on it. In the pleasant
weather the pilgrims enjoy while walking on this grass.
Those people who stay at night in this valley they tell that during night
very peculiar and strange sounds are heard.
Now Hemkunt Sahib is not a myth but a reality. The Hemkunt-Trust has constructed
pacca roads and magnificent Gurdwaras for the help of the devotees..
Some devotees have made it a routine to visit Hemkunt Sahib every
year.Thousands of sewaks have been engaged for helping the pilgrims. The people have not to stay in costly hotels. Throughout
the journey they get free accommodation and meals.
Some people call Sri Nagar or Switzerland as the heavens on earth but
if one has to see the real heaven then he must visit Hemkunt Sahib.
The Sikhs are very fortunate that they have two nectar pools to redeem
their impiety. One such pool is at Amritsar. Guru Arjan Dev Ji writes, " Who takes bath in Nectar pool of Amritsar, is washed
of his all types of sins and vices.”
The second such Sarovar is at Hemkunt Sahib. Those who take a dip in that
Sarovar also become pure and get salvation. The perpetual wandering in eighty-four lakh species ends.
It has been seen that Amrit brought from Hemkunt Sahib never changes its
colour or taste. A devotee, who even drinks few drops of it, feels hale and healthy.
Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fathe.