The Bihar Post

Successful hosting of Sikh event results in strong image branding of Bihar


PATNA: The successful hosting of week-long Prakash parv has strongly branded the image of Bihar.

Such is the impact that streams of Sikh pilgrims are still reaching Patna to offer prayers at Takht Sri Harimandir Patna Sahib to mark 350th birth anniversary of 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh even as the formal Prakash parv is over.

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“The successful hosting of the event has branded the image of Bihar. The message about the magnificent arrangements made for the occasion is drawing the Sikh devotees in hordes,” Kar Seva Sant Kashmir Singh Bhuriwale told the media today.

The Gurudwara premises still buzz with the hustle and bustle of Sikh devotees reaching here to pay obeisance to the Guru.

“The entire premises are still crowded with Sikh pilgrims and all the 225 deluxe rooms in the Bal Lila Gurudwara premises are going full even today,” Bhuriwale informed.

He sought for introducing a direct train between Amritsar and Patna Sahib to promote religious tourism and thanked Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for the magnificent arrangements.

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“The entire Sikh community is pleased at the massive arrangements at the 350th Prakash Parv. We can’t express our feelings in words,” he remarked.

Bihar CM has explained how he personally took interest in making the function a memorable event by broadening roads, linking Takht Harimandir sahib with a road over-bridge, arranging proper drainage facilities making adequate lighting arrangements and changing overhead electric wires.

He also has revealed how he invited retired officials from Sikh community, such as former chief secretary GS Kang and former IPS officer Baljit Singh to plan for the entire event.

Kumar also engaged quite many senior officials from Punjab origin in the plan which proved quite successful.

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.

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