Rishikesh, situated along the banks
of the river Ganges is considered a holy town because of its association with
the holiest river in India. This town can be termed as a pivotal
point because many scared journey start from here. It basically from
here that the actual traverse to Hemkunth begins. With the advent of June, pilgrims throng Rishikesh to begin their pilgrimage to Hemkunth, Badrinath and Kedarnath .The
Sikhs pilgrims, coming in jathas or individually from India and
abroad, make their first halt at the beautiful Gurdwara that is situated at
Rishikesh. Located near a busting market place. The Gurdwara complex covers a large
territory which includes provision for lodging and also school for orphans
besides the others essential components of a Gurdwara.
mountains cape and a nearby bubbling brook make for a pleasant environment. It is
here that the tired pilgrims usually halt for the night to revive their energy
and recharge their spirits for the major travel scheduled to begin in the early
hours of the next day.
However, the primary duty of the pilgrim once he enters
the complex is to first pay obeissance to the Guru Granth sahib housed in the
darbar hall. The Gurdwara is a two storied building on the upper floor of
which is the darbar hall. An impressive decor
with a finely worked ceiling. The darbar hall resounds with the voices of the granthi, the school children and the pilgrims reciting their prayers.
people volunteer to do sewa at the langar and a growing kinship is established
amongst virtual strangers-all enthusiastic at the prospect of going to Hemkunt.
As evening edges forward , there is a nip in the air that gives one the first feel of
the journey ahead. Before the evening edges forward there is a nip in the air
that gives on the first feel of the journey ahead Before the evening prayers many
people take time to revel in the beauty of the locale. The sarovar makes
for interesting viewing as it teems with large fishes. As nightfall approaches, the tired traveller is lulled to sleep with the sounds of the night and the occasion
rainfall. Changing the saffron sleeve of the Nishan Sahib at Gurdwara
Gurdwara complex is spread over
5.0 hectares and has an accommodation for 4000 yatris besides having residential
facilities for the sewadar and the orphan children adopted by the Gurdwara. The complex also acts as a transit camp where storage of materials
for construction activities at the Gurdwaras ahead is done .