Patna new museum construction work inaugurated

on Thursday, 18 July 2013 04:06.


Billed as one of the dream project of the CM Nitish Kumar, the Patna new museum construction work finally took a start with the foundation laying ceremony by the CM himself taking place in the last week. The construction is slated to be completed by 2015 and will be inaugurated on 22nd March, 2015 on the occasion of Bihar Diwas (Bihar Day).

The new museum is coming at a prime location in the very heart of the city. The 13.5 acres museum will come up near Patna High Court off the Bailey Road. The space has been made available by demolishing few bungalows of the building construction department. The new museum has been in news frequently in recent times. A global bid was invited from the reputed firms across the globe for museum design. After a round of competition, a famous Japanese firm, Maki & Associates, was chosen. Larson & Toubro is the undertaking construction agency for the museum.

Patna museum has one of the richest collection of artifacts in the country. But due to unavailability of space, many artifacts do not opportunity to be displayed. The world famed Didarganj Yakshi also does not get the attention, it deserves. Similarly, there are number of rare Buddha artifacts of bronze with are placed in cramped cupboards. It is believed that the new museum building will be designed in such a way to show all the artifacts in glistering lights.

ISKCON Jagannath Rath Yatra in Patna on July 10

on Sunday, 07 July 2013 17:52.


The Patna Unit of ISKCON will organize the 'Jagannath Rath Yatra' on July 10. It will begin at 2:30 PM from ISKCON temple and pass through Frazer Road, Dakbunglow Road, Gandhi Maidan and Exhibition Road to reach Mahavir Temple at Patna Junction. From there, it will move forward passing through GPO golamber, Hardinge Road, R-Block, Beer Chand Patel Path and Income Tax golamber to reach ISKCON temple at 7 PM in the evening. The 40-feet-tall-adjustable ratha will have the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baldev and Subhadra.  A Maha Aarti and distribution of Mahaprasad will mark the conclusion of the yatra.

Blast at Mahabodhi Temple, alert in Patna

on Sunday, 07 July 2013 17:35.


The World Heritage site of Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodhgaya came under terror attack in the early morning of July 7. The serial blast at various spot injured five people including two tourists. Low intensity time controlled devices went off between 5:30 AM and 6 AM at 9 different spots, some inside the complex and some outside it. Four blasts took place inside the shrine premises, while another three blast took place in the Tregar monastery premises. One blast each took place at the great Buddha statue and a bus parked on the Sujata bypass. One blast inside the premise has caused partial damage to the Buddha footprint under the enlightenment tree. The temple has been on terror attack radar, however the magnitude has surprised the authorities. National Investigation Agency (NIA) team has arrived in Bodhgaya for investigation. CM Nitish Kumar paid a visit to the temple with senior officials and took stock of the situation. This attack has sent a shock across the Nation and Buddhist countries. It is to be noted that 52 countries have established their monasteries at Bodhgaya.

Meanwhile, the repercussion of terror attack at Bodhgaya was felt in the capital, Patna and border areas as well. The security agencies has beefed up the security measures across the city and especially the vulnerable places. Places like Mahavir Mandir, which attract thousands of devotees every day, and is situated in crowded area of Patna Junction, is vulnerable to such kind of terror attacks. The unregulated traffic, the crowd and the mismanagement around the Junction area makes it quite susceptible to such attacks.The international border with Nepal was sealed after the attack and thorough vehicle checking has been instructed to the authorities.