Patna: The birthplace of Sri Guru Gobind Singh the Takht Sri Harmandirji at Patna Saheb will soon be as fascinating as the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The reason? This shrine will also be wrapped in gold.
A number of UK-based NRI Sikh devotees in collaboration with others here have decided to take steps to improve the infrastructure at the gurdwara well before the 350th Prakash Parv in 2017 when devotees from across the world are expected to converge here.
The walls of the gurdwara especially the place where the Guru Granth sahib is kept could soon be wrapped in gold.
Artists from Amritsar and Iran will be called in to do the interiors. Over 7kg of gold will be needed for the interiors, sources said and added several doors will also be enveloped in gold - all involving an expenditure of Rs. 500 to 600 crore.
Interior sanctum of Takht Patna Sahib
Work is on to construct 500 air conditioned and 5,000 general rooms for Sikh devotees after acquiring land near Kangan Ghat and Maini Sangat. Baba Mohinder Singh of the UK has made available funds for the construction of 100 airconditioned rooms in Guru Durbar while another UK-based devotee has donated money for the construction of 100 rooms in Bare Ki Gali. Mumbai's Iqbal Singh and Surjeet Singh have also given donations for the construction of 100 rooms for 'sevadars'.
State tourism minister Sunil Kumar Pinto and urban development minister Prem Kumar have assured the prabandhak committee members that the roads of Patna City area would be widened, water supply and sewerage and drainage system would be improved and street lights would be installed before the Prakash Parv.
Dailybhaskar.com | May 02, 2013