Nanded, Nov 1 (UNI) The city donned a new look and a holistic atmosphere was created due to the continuous recitation of the verses from the Guru Granth Sahib on the occasion of the ongoing tercentenary celebrations of 'Guru-da-gaddi'.
The city roads were cleaned and widened and beautifully decorated. New traffic signals were installed and new flyovers built.
The preparations were done over the last one year. Many buildings including private schools and colleges were acquired for the purpose. The devotees arriving in the city were whole-heartedly welcomed by the people. As a result, many foreign devotees have expressed their satisfaction over the hospitality.
The holistic atmosphere was created due to the continuous recitation of the verses from the Guru Granth Sahib.
The 'prasad' (sacred food offered to god) served by the 'langars' (community kitchen) was tasted by the local residents as well.
For the arrangement of boarding, crores of rupees were utilised.
Five camp sites were developed around the city by acquiring private agricultural lands. All arrangements including drinking water, laying of drainage lines, power supply, communication, road transport and others were provided at every camp.
The employees of all governmental and private firms were deployed round the clock to look after the devotees.
The celebrations started from October 27 with the 'Takhat Snan' (bath to the holy seat of authority) and will conclude on November 4.
Of the expected 10 lakh devotees, only 34,320 devotees had occupied the camp berths at the newly-built lodging in the premises of the Sachkhand Gurudwara.
Ealier, many roads were not permitted to be used by local people for security purpose. However, they have now been opened for the public. The police administration has made elaborate security arrangement. All events are taking place without any untoward incident.
The Guardian Minister Ashok Chavan gave credit of success of the celebration to the media for giving wide coverage.
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