A veritable tourist landmark in the Bihar state capital, the colonial-era building known for its unique inverted beehive-shaped architecture attracts visitors from near and far.

Now, with a view to ramp up the footfall, the Bihar government has come up with this day-time laser show themed on the multi-layered history and heritage of the state and its capital.

"For the first time, we will be hosting a laser show on the historic walls of Golghar. We already have a laser show running in the granary's campus, through projections on co-ordinated fountains, but this new show will be a truly unique experience for the visitors," Director, Bihar State Archaeology, Atul Kumar Verma told PTI.

He said that all the preparations have been done and the department was waiting for a "suitable date, some time next month, possibly mid-April" to open the show.

"We have arranged special recliner chairs, but keeping in mind the acoustics of the structure, there would be no regular commentary. Visitors would watch the visuals projected on the walls and listen to the commentary on headphones," he said.

The Golghar structure lends itself to the "whispering gallery effect" and, therefore, the government has made all arrangements for the safety of the structure given the good turnout that is being anticipated.

"We have already carried out conservation work inside the building, including on the floor and, as a precaution, a maximum of 25 visitors would be allowed inside for each show," Verma said.

The content of the bilingual show (English-Hindi) of "20- minute duration" would include the history of Bihar, from the ancient to the modern, and also portray the history and heritage of Patna, from its Mauryan past to British history.

Amid festive celebrations at the iconic Gandhi Maidan here, Bihar today also marked its 103rd foundation day. Incidentally, the new laser show was initially planned to be inaugurated today.

Commissioned in 1770 by the then Governor General of India Warren Hastings to store grains in the wake of a severe drought in eastern India in the same year, the granary was completed in 1786 under Captain John Garstin.

The massive structure is 29-m high and its walls are 3.6-m wide at the base. A pair of stairways, with 144 steps each, wind their way to the top of the building, from where it offers a panoramic view of the city and the Ganges flowing by it.

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