Finally Modi’s gift to armed forces of country is ready. National war memorial is ready and comes to action after nearly six decades since the armed force personnel requested about it.
Let’s take a quick tour of National War Memorial of India – A masterpiece that that every Indian is proud of. Know its Address, Entry Fee and Timings and key insights here.
Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the National War Memorial on New Dlehi on 25 February, 2019. It is made in remembrance of the supreme sacrifices of our soldiers. It is to commemorate the the valour and sacrifice of our soldiers who laid down their lives for our country. The memorial conceptualize the Indo-China war. It is in memory of more than 25000 soldiers who lost their live in Indo-China war in 1962, the Indo-Pakistan wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971 and the conflict in Kargil in 1999. Nation always owes to their irreplaceable sacrifice.
“It is a tribute to our fallen heroes and the bravest of the brave. It epitomizes a rich saga of courage, valour and selfless sacrifice made by our heroes in the rich military tradition,” Lieutenant General PS Rajeshwar, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, told reporters on Sunday.
Key Highlights of National War Memorial
- The National War Memorial has 4 concentric circles. They are named as Amar, Veerta, Tyaga, Suraksha Chakra. These circle depicts the following meaning:
Amar Chakra – Circle of Immortality
Veerta Chakra- Circle of Bravery
Tyag Chakra – Circle of Sacrifice
Rakshak Chakra – Circle of Protection
- It has a 15-meter tall central obelisk with the eternal flame, bronze and stone murals, graphic panels and busts of the 21 Param Veer Chakra awardees.
- Built at a cost of Rs. 171 crore, the memorial has 16 circular walls of honour on which names of 25,942 martyrs have been written in gold on granite walls. The pattern of the walls symbolizes, “Chakravyuh”, the ancient Indian war formation.
- The National War Memorial also commemorates the soldiers who died in United Nations peace-keeping missions, Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations and counter insurgency operations.
- The National War Memorialhas Statues of the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees. These status have been installed at the Param Yoddha Sthal and include those of three living awardees – Retired Subedar Major Bana Singh, Subedar Major Yogendra Singh Yadav and Subedar Sanjay Kumar.
- National war memorial comes at a total cost of INR 176 crore.
What happens to Amar Jawan Jyoti?
Many of you would be now wondering that what about Amar Jawan Jyoti? Since it was constructed in 1972, the Amara Jawan Jyoti at India Gate has been the site for wreath-laying ceremonies on important days. Now all the all official wreath-laying ceremonieswill will take place at the obelisk at the National War Memorial. Just like Amar Jawan Jyoti, the obelisk too will have an eternal flame.
National War Memorial Address, Entry Fee and Timings
Address: Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phule Marg Area, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Entry Fee: The entry fee of the National War Memorial is free. So you do not have to pay anything.
Timings: You can visit the National War Memorial from 9 am to 6:30 pm (November to March) and from 9 am to 7:30 pm (April to October).
Friends do take some time out to visit this masterpiece dedicated to the sacrifice and valour of our armed forces and let us know your experience in the comment box.