Free lodging, bus service for Prakashotsava pilgrims – Times of India

Patna: Work on tent cities at Kangan Ghat and off the Bypass Road has started for devotees during the concluding ceremony of the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in the last week of December.

The celebrations will begin on December 21 and conclude on December 26 morning. On December 23, a two-hour ‘sant samagam’ will be organized from 2pm. Nagar kirtan will be taken out on December 24 at 8am from Gai ghat to Patna Sahib gurdwara. The main programme will start at 9:20am on December 25.

Special district rationing officer Pankaj Kumar, who is the nodal officer for the upcoming event, said the tent cities would have all the facilities like geyser and quilt and langars. “Nothing will be charged for these facilities,” he said.

The Kangan Ghat tent house will accommodate 5000 people while arrangements are being made for 25,000 devotees at Bypass.

Chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said the preparations would be equivalent to the grand celebrations from December 25, 2016 to January 5, 2017. He said the main programme is scheduled on December 25 at Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji Patna Sahib.

“We have huge space for tents near the Bypass and if need be, the number of tents will be further increased,” said Jainath Mahato, general manager of Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation.

Apart from the administration, even gurdwaras are gearing up to provide accommodation to the guests. Executive committee member of Takhat Shri Harmandir Ji Patna Sahib, RS Jeet, said 5000 guests would be accommodated in each of the four schools run by the Takhat gurdwara. Besides, the gurdwara also has guesthouses. “An airconditioned (AC) room is available at Rs500 per day and a non-AC at Rs200,” Jeet said. Similarly, lodging facility is also provided by the Gurdwara Bal Leela Sahib.

He said free bus service would be provided to the pilgrims from Patna Junction and airport to the gurdwara and tent cities. The government is expected to provide at least 100 buses for the purpose, he said.

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