Prakash Utsav 2017 at Takhat Harmandir Patna Sahib.
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.
State as well as central governments want to leave no stone unturned to make the celebration a huge success. 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.
Prabhandak committee has been demanding holy city status for Patna City which is under consideration. It has also demanded an underground subway to connect Takhat Harimandir Patna Sahib with the nearby Kangat Ghat Sahib. Keeping the whopping number of expected visitors during the 350th birth anniversary, a Tent City has been proposed to be built in Gandhi Maidan, Patna. The grand pandal would be able to lodge approx. 20000 visitors at a time. Lacks of pilgrims are expected to arrive during the celebration in January 2017.