‘Prakash Parv‘ or ‘Prakash Utsav‘ is one of the most widely celebrated occassions of the Sikh community. It is calculated according to the Nanakshahi Sikhism calendar and is variably celebrated every year. The year 2017 commemorates the 350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the creator of the gracious “Khalsa”. The event will be celebrated with grandeur befitting the occasion and is expected to be attended by lakhs of Sikh devotees from around the world, at Patna, Bihar from 30th December, 2016 to 8th January, 2017.
Patna, the capital city of Bihar is the birthplace of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji and host city for 350th anniversary celebrations. Most of the celebrations is scheduled to take place in the neighbourhood of Patna City, close to Takht Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara. The famous Takht Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara, also known as Harmandir Saheb is an important shrine for Sikhs from all over the world. Patna Sahib is considered to be the second most important Takhat, according to religious importance. Patna City is the old area of Patna, located on the eastern side of the state capital. The Government of Bihar will host the first ever International Sikh Conclave from 22 to 24 September 2016.
Blissful Bihar offers a unique confluence of religion, spirituality, history and nature to the travelers. Undertake an adventurous journey at the Valmiki Tiger Reserve or spot the Gangetic dolphins at the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary. Indulge your taste buds with some delectable ‘Litti Chokha’, purchase beautiful Madhubani painitngs and spend a starry evening at the Indira Gandhi Planetarium.
The state has the distinction of being one of the few states in India which is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.The Mahabodhi Temple and the Ruins of Nalanda University are each within driving distance of Patna. Step into the glorious past and re-visit the history of Bihar over a weekend getaway.
Prakash Parv Preparation
Mobile Application for 350th Prakash Utsav of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Your one stop shop for the 350th Prakash Parv’ This app aims to provide an interactive, engaging and a complete user experience to make the travels of pilgrims to Patna for the Prakash Parv more efficient.
The app takes care of all essential needs of the pilgrims through the following features
1. Ensuring the availability of information regarding Prakash Parv in particular and other places of interest in and around Patna in general.
2. Provide information regarding and facilitate any bookings for accommodation of pilgrims and their travel arrangements required to, from and within Patna 3. Facilitate consumer engagement through fun trivia questions and gauge their feedback through an inbuilt feedback mechanism and via social media
4. Quick access to emergency services and other helplines through the app Also coming soon to the app would be features like geo fencing enabling users to locate and navigate to nearby tourist destinations, hospitals, police stations and other places of interest and geo tagging enabling users to locate their friends and family in case they get separated. Download Here.
Development of Tented City in Patna
As part of its endeavours, to provide a welcome experience to visitors to the State, the Department of Tourism has decided to undertake the design, construction, operation and maintenance of tented cities in Patna through a competitive bid process. The tented city shall provide accomodation and hospitality services to almost 55000 devotees spread over three locations in Patna:
- Gandhi Maidan (60.91 acre) to house 30,000 people
- Gurudwara Kangan Ghat (approx. 10 acres) to house 5,000 people
- Bypass Parking Sthal (approx. 60 acres) to house 20,000 people
Current Status: Tents are being made
Preparations at Takht Sri Harmadir Sahib Ji
Considering the 350th birth anniversary (Prakash Utsav) of Guru Gobind Singh Maharaj,Takhat Sri Patna Sahib is undergoing a considerable renovation work at a lightning-fast pace. The gurudwara campus is being given a new glorious look and hundreds of sarai rooms are being constructed for the visitors who are expected to arrive in the mega event which is scheduled in January 2017. In the recent budget finance minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has made a special provision to allocate a massive package of Rs. 100 Crore for the beautification of Patna Sahib. State government is pushing several development projects which are expected to complete before December 2016. Most of the old electricity wires and power transformers have been replaced with the new ones and remaining are being changed speedily. The construction of the over-bridge, which connects Guru Gobind Path with the National Highway is almost done. The drainage system is being refurbished all around the city to maintain cleanliness. All major roads connecting Takhat harimandir Patna Sahib are being widened for a smooth traffic flow during the Prakash Utsav. Takhat Prabhandak committee had sent a proposal of Rs. 1200 Crore for embellishment and maintenance work. Bhai Mohindar Singh of United Kingdom is bearing the cost of Guru Darbar renovation. Professional artists from all around the country are hired to embellish gold inlay work in the gurudwara campus which is expected to complete by the end of 2016. Several plots have already been acquired to accommodate the pilgrims and park the vehicles. The land of Chowk Police Station is proposed to be acquired for expansion of the road up to 80 feet which connects Takhat Harimandir to Kangan ghat gurudwara. The administration may use play-grounds located at Magal Talab as a temporary arrangements of parking.