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Tent City at Kangan Ghat to Celebrate 352nd Guru Gobind Singh birth Anniversary in Patna Dec 18th, 2018 from Times of India

Tent City at Kangan Ghat Patna

A tent city will be set up at Kangan Ghat in Patna City for the large number of devotees expected to visit Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji Patna Sahib gurdwara from January 11 to 13 next year to celebrate the 352nd birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru. The gurdwara premises will also be adorned with multi-coloured lights and other decorative materials for the occasion.

The tent city will have the capacity to accommodate around 5,000 people. Besides, an online registration procedure will be in place for allocation of rooms in the tent city. The system should provide a seamless systematic method for bed allocation to avoid mismanagement at the venue.

The tents will have comfortable beddings along with other facilities such as night lights, heaters, charging points, mirrors and adequate number of washrooms. The tent city will also have VIP waiting areas with attached toilets, office centre with attached toilets, control room with CCTV cameras, parking lots and joda ghars (place to keep shoes), among others.

Another significant feature of the tent city will be community kitchen (langar) to be managed by Takhat Harmandir Ji Prabandhak Committee. Sources said two langar halls are proposed at the tent city for the pilgrims. The langars will have demarcated areas for kitchen and serving food to the pilgrims.

“The tent city is to be ready by January 5 and it can be booked by the Sikh pilgrims from outside Bihar. We are expecting pilgrims from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra among other states to participate in the auspicious event in large numbers,” said an official of Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC). The BSTDC is looking after the tent city work.

Guru Gobind Singh was born at Patna Saheb on December 26, 1666. Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji Sahib gurdwara is counted among the holiest of places for Sikhs after the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

The state government had organized the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on a grand scale in December-January, 2016-17. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief guest of the main event on January 5, 2017. CM Nitish Kumar, in September, launched the construction work of a Prakash Kendra and the garden in memory of Guru Govind Singh at Patna City at an estimated cost of Rs54.16 crore.

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