The Himalayan fifth shrines of Sri Hemkund Sahib and Lokpal Laxman Temple will be closed for the winter season from October 10. So far this time, 2.68 lakh devotees have taken a dip in the highest tank of the Sikhs by taking a dip in the holy lake.
Senior Manager of Hemkund Gurdwara Management Committee, Sewa Singh said that for the first time after the 2013 disaster, such a large number of devotees have reached Hemkund Sahib. With the opening of the Kapat on June 1, devotees began to gather in the Dham. This has greatly benefited the local businessmen including the Gurudwara Management Committee.
It is to be noted that in Chamoli district, at the height of 15225 feet above sea level, the tenth and last Guru of the Sikhs, Hemkund Sahib, had done penance in his previous birth. He has mentioned this in his own book.
On the other hand, the doors of the Lokpal Laxman Temple, the center of Hindu faith, will also be closed from October 10 along with the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. The Lokpal temple is about 50 meters from the Gurudwara. Therefore, devotees visiting the Gurudwara must also visit the Lokpal.