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10 special trains, 200 buses from Punjab for Prakashotsava

PATNA: The Punjab government will arrange 10 special trains from various parts of the state to Patna Saheb for the 350th Prakashotsava of Guru Gobind Singh. It will also send 200 buses with the help of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) for the purpose.

“These trains and buses will start dropping devotees at Patna from January 3 and take them back,” SGPC secretary Dr Roop Singh told The Times of India¬†on Wednesday, December 14.

Singh is a member of the five-member SGPC delegation camping in Patna since Monday to oversee the arrangements being made for the occasion.

The SGPC will also send 200 volunteers for stage management at Gandhi Maidan and Takhhat Saheb Gurdwara. “The volunteers are well versed with Sikh rehat-maryada (religious discipline). They will ensure that no religious discipline is flouted during the five-day programme,” Singh said. Another group of 700 volunteers would visit Patna for the overall management of Prakashotsava.

The SGPC will also set off a special yatra from Anandpur Saheb on December 20. It will reach Patna on December 31. Its special attraction is the ‘rath’ (chariot) built at the cost of Rs2.5 crore for displaying the ‘shastra’ (weapons) that Guru Gobind Singh used during warfare. It is a 42ft-long and 13.5ft high chariot which would be parked at Gandhi Maidan throughout the programme, Singh said.

The ‘jagriti yatra’, which was flagged off by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar from Patna Saheb, would also return here later this month after crossing at least 10 states. “Both the ‘raths’ will be kept at Gandhi Maidan with a replica of Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji Patna Saheb jointly mounted on them,” he said.

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