Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday paid another visit to the Patna Saheb Gurudwara where the state is observing the 352nd birth anniversary of the 10th Guru of the Sikhs Guru Govind Singh under the banner of ‘Prakash Utsav’, or ‘Prakashotsav’.

This was Kumar’s third visit to the Patna Saheb Gurudwara in the last month or so. Taking close interest in the event that is being organized since 2016 when the state government officially observed Guru Govind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary for the first time at a grand scale attracting millions of Sikhs from around the world, Kumar offered prayers at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple in the presence of several NDA leaders and top government officials.

Speaking on the occasion at the ‘Diwan Hall’ of the Gurudwara, the Chief Minister said the government was considering making actual structures with full amenities to accommodate visitors who currently have to stay in temporary tent cities.

“I have instructed the Chief Secretary to build a large community hall near the Gurudwara which would be used for all sorts of social and community events. This facility will be given to the Gurudwara for 20-25 days during the annual Prakashotsav celebration. Moreover, we are contemplating replacing the tent city with an actual building to provide full convenience to the visitors,” he said.

Nitish Kumar and his entourage at Patna Saheb Gurudwara on Sunday.

Kumar also mentioned the recent groundbreaking of a new Gurudwara near Shitalkund in Rajgir where Guru Nanak Dev, the very first Guru of the Sikhs, is believed to have visited the place during his lifetime between 15th and 16th century.

“This new Gurudwara will be completed this year ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev,” he said.

On the occasion, Kumar released a book and a calendar on the life of Guru Govind Singh.

Bihar Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav, Tourism Minister Pramod Kumar and a number of top officials and Gurudwara functionaries were present at today’s event.

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