Nitish Formally Announces Opening of the 'Sabhyata Dwar' in Patna

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurates the opening of Sabhyata Dwar in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday officially announced the opening of the 'Sabhyata Dwar', or the 'Civilization Gate', built at the bank of the Ganges as a tribute to Patna's rich history going back thousands of years.

Nitish Kumar and others coming out of the Sabhyata Dwar on its opening day on Monday.Patterned after Delhi's India Gate and Mumbai's Gateway of India, the 32-meter tall and 8-meter wide gate built of red and white sandstone at the cost of Rs. Five crore bears inscriptions from historical accounts left by Chinese and Greek explorers and historians from different eras highlighting the rich cultural heritage of Bihar that gave saints like Lord Buddha, Lord Mahavir, King Ashoka, Mauryan dynasty, Sikh's 10 religious leader Guru Govind Singh to the world besides playing a huge role in the Independence struggle against the British.

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Nestled between the Bapu Sabhagar and Gyan Bhawan north of Gandhi Maidan, the 'Sabhyata Dwar' was declared open for the public by the Chief Minister in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Pashupati Paras, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Mangal Pandey and Dr. Prem Kumar, and a number of senior officials.

Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said that the gate will remind the world of the greatness of Pataliputra, now known as Patna, for centuries to come.

"This Sabhyata Dwar will continue to tell the world the greatness of the land that is Bihar. It will remind visitors of the ancient glory of Pataliputra and Bihar’s contributions in the world civilization," the Chief Minister said in his brief speech.

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