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State gurdwara becoming favourite of fitness freaks

Besides being a religious place, the local state gurdwara is now becoming the favourite spot of fitness freaks as the management has opened parks in nearly 5 acre land of the gurdwara.

punjab Updated: Sep 11, 2012 13:39 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla
Sanjeev Bhalla
Hindustan Times

Besides being a religious place, the local state gurdwara is now becoming the favourite spot of fitness freaks as the gurdwara management has opened parks in nearly 5 acres land of the gurdwara.

The beautifully landscaped park was opened for the general public by SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar in a function organised on Saturday, though fitness freaks were using the place for the past three months.

SGPC member Jarnail Singh Dogranwala said: "Nearly 90 lakh have been spent on the lush green parks by anonymous donor."

The state gurdwara, which was built in 1915 is known for its Indo-Saracenic style of architecture by former maharaja of Kapurthala, Jagatjitt Singh.

Earlier, the gurudwara was made of red sandstone, but now the color has chaged to white. The place was not a tourist attraction in the past and was used for holding kirtan darbars once in a year.

Dogranwala said the management was working on the concept since 1996, but could not materialise due to the shortage of funds. Later, some generous donors came fore for the cause of society and offered their services for developing the beautiful place.

Mohan Singh, a local resident, said: "Strolling and listening to gurbani, which is being relayed from the central hall of gurudwara through a specially designed and installed sound system with speakers fitted at 100 metre distance of the park give a pleasant and wonderful experience every time."

Monika Arora, a housewife, said: "The best point of the location is its openness. The parents can keep an eye on their little wards from a distance. Here, I enjoy tension free workouts as my kids keep on playing and walk at their own pace and will."

Dogranwala said: "We are planning to depute security guards at both sides of the gates to ensure protection of vehicles parked by those strolling in the morning and evening so that they can enjoy tension free environment."

He added even SGPC president Makkar had sanctioned the posts of four gardeners for the maintenance of the parks during his visit on Saturday.

First Published: Sep 11, 2012 12:42 IST