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Hemkund Sahib reopens for pilgrims after winter closure

The gates of the pilgrimage centre were opened at 9.30 AM after which traditional prayers were offered, a shrine official said.

india Updated: May 25, 2017 16:07 IST
Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib (HT File Photo)

The Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib was reopened on Thursday morning with over five thousand devotees paying obeisance at shrine in the Himalayas.

The gates of the pilgrimage centre were opened at 9.30 AM after which traditional prayers were offered, a shrine official said.

The first ‘ardas’ was offered as soon as the gates were opened a recitation of the ‘Sukhmani’ sahib was done after that, Seva Singh, a representative of the shrine’s management committee, said.

About an hour later a shabad kirtan was also held, he said.

Over 5,000 devotees offered prayers at the Sikh shrine located at height of 16,000 ft above the sea level, he said.

Guru Gobind Singh is said to have performed ‘Tapasya’ at Hemkunt Sahib which is situated about 21 km away from Govindghat on the Badrinath National Highway.