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Patna turns into a fortress as PM Narendra Modi coming to attend 350th Prakash Parv celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh



Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reaching Patna today to attend the 350th Prakash Parv— the function being organized to commemorate the 350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

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“Delighted to be a part of #350thPrakashParv celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh ji in Patna today,” the PM tweeted.

“Guru Gobind Singh ji was blessed with indomitable courage & tremendous knowledge. His bravery is etched in the heart & mind of every Indian,” he said adding “Guru Gobind Singh ji’s entire life was devoted to serving people and fighting for values of truth, justice and compassion. #350thPrakashParv,” he said.

Massive security arrangements have been made in view of the visit of the PM who is scheduled to reach Patna by 12 noon. He will be spending some three in Patna before returning to the national capita at around 3 PM.

After landing Patna, the PM will go straightway to the Gandhi Maidan and spend two hours at the Durbar Hall where he will address the concluding function of the Prakash Parv.

In view of his visit, the authorities have closed entry gate of Gandhi Maidan, the venue of today’s function. However, the venue which has converted into a tent city will remain open for the Sikh devotees.

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Security has been up in view of the intelligence report that Khalistani subversives who escaped from Punjab’s Nabha jail could disrupt the function.

Authorities are further on extra alert after an Indian court awarded death punishment to five Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists including Yasin Bhatkal who was caught from Bihar.

It was the IM which reportedly was behind the serial blasts during Modi’s rally at the same Gandhi Maidan in October 2013, just before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

More than 400,000 Sikha devotees from Patna and abroad have already reached Patna to be a part of the grand event being held to mark the birth anniversary of 10th Sikh Guru who spent his early childhood days in the lanes and bylanes of Patna.

Guru Gobind Singh was born on December 22, 1666, to ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, and Mata Gujri. He was anointed the supreme leader of the Sikhs at the age of nine, becoming the last of the Sikh Gurus.

On the site of the house in which the 10th Sikh Guru was born and where he spent his early childhood, now stands the sacred Harimandir Sahib– one of the five most honoured seats of religious authority for Sikhs.

The Gurudwara was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first Maharaja of the Sikh empire in remembrance of the Guru at his birth place.

Image Courtesy: Dainik Bhaskar

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