The most auspicious occasion for Sikh community the 350th Birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji could witness the arrival of 5 lakh people this year a remarkable number at Patna Sahib, and Patna indeed will turn into mini Punjab at the time of the 350th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji.
The event is said to be the biggest event ever organized by Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar State and devotees are already praising Nitish Kumar for this Big arrangement. It is also expected that Mr. Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India may address the devotees in the main event to be held from third to eighth of January and can grace the event with his valuable presence. The Chief Minister of Bihar Mr. Nitish Kumar is using this platform for his own benefit also by personally monitoring the preparations. The Bihar government has sectioned the total amount of Rs 100 crores by some rough estimate and it might go beyond estimation too.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked the Bihar government to make arrangements for the devotees coming to Patna from all over the world. Nine free Langar Sewa has been organized over different locations which are already serving around three lakh believers every day and almost around 10,000 volunteers have touchdown Patna to facilitate the distribution of food among the devotees at these defined locations. There has been made arrangements for their accommodation too as there is going to be a huge number of devotees so their responsibility is to Bihar government and for that purpose, government has already set up a plan in which they are providing shelter in the form of tents at various places like Patna’s Gandhi Maidan, Kangan Ghat and old Patna bypass to accommodate huge crowd. Besides these tents, supporters will be offered free lodging at several hotels and school buildings for their stay in Patna. Not only shelter but Bihar government is also providing the special bus and train service too, these buses nad trains will carry followers to Patna from Punjab and elsewhere.
As the nation is goog through the tough time facing Demonization and to deal with this problem of cash the Stae Bank of India and Punjab National Bank have set up to six Point od sale (PoS) machines at Gandhi Maidan for devotees to help them with cashless problem by providing the facility to give them Rs 1000 in cash by swiping their cards. Approximately 1,500 police personnel and 250 officers have been deputed to supervise security arrangements and almost 120 CCTV cameras were installed to put an eye on the crowd. The Bihar government is also providing the space to Sikh devotees to showcase their martial arts talent called as ‘Gatka’ at Gatka Ghar, a huge ground with sitting capacity of 6,000 people at a time. Special counters have set up to flash traditional art form such as Madhubani paintings and popular dishes like tilkul, khaja, ladoo etc. An arrangement for the medical facility is also there which includes a six-bed hospital and an ICU unit run by Paras HMRI. Six ambulances and 11 fire tenders are at service all day all night.
The arrangements made by District Administration and Indian Railways are creditable and we wish all the devotees coming to Patna for the Parkash Utsav a safe and Happy Gurupurab.
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