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 Lokpal or Hemkund

Lokpal or Hemkund

Believed to be the place where Lakshman meditated, the lake is also called Lokpal, another name for Lakshman.However the Sikh name derives from yet another appellation: Hemkund or Lake of Snow. Hindu pilgrims often visited the lake on their way to and from Badrinath.And in 1963 a Sikh religious scholar determined that this was the very lake the 10th Sikh Guru,Gobind Singh had described as being a place of meditation in past lives. By 1939, a small gurudwara had been built on the lakeshore in token of this belief which was expanded in 1974.Since then; Hemkund has come to occupy a significant place in the religious topography of the Sikh faith