Gurudwara Gobind Dham Uttarakhand
Gobind Dham, translated as the abode of Gobind, is located at height of 3,048 m. It is here that both pilgrims and trekkers halt for the night before heading for the final sojourn to Hemkunt. Gobind Dham is a place that becomes active only between the months of June and October. Along with first places Hemkunt, Gobind Dham was amongst the first places at such altitudes to be surveyed by the Survey of India. Similar to Gobind Ghat, Gobind Dham also consists of shops and lodges besides the government tourist and forest rest houses.
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.
There the man discards all his cleverness and meditates on the name of God. Every one feels as if he has entered the house of Guru Gobind Singh. They utter again and again; Dhan Guru Gobind Singh, Dhan Guru Gobind Singh.
Next 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.
Gurdwara Gobind Dham
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