Modi dedicates War Memorial to martyrs at India Gate

Feb 25, 2019
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the National War Memorial for martyred jawans built at India Gate on Monday. He lit the flame at the bottom of the obelisk to pay homage to the soldiers who died on duty.

"I do believe that for our countrymen, a visit to the National War Memorial will be akin to a pilgrimage to a holy place. The national soldiers' memorial is a symbol of the nation's gratitude to those men who made the supreme sacrifice after we gained Independence," he said.

It has been dedicated to the memory of the jawans who lost their lives protecting the nation during the Indo-China war of 1962, Indo-Pak wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971, Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri lanka and the Kargil conflict of 1999.

Symbolising the 'Chakravyuh' formation, the Memorial comprises of four thematic concentric circles and a tall ceremonial obelisk at the centre in an area of 40 acres. There is an eternal flame at the bottom of the obelisk. It has been built at a cost of Rs 176 crore, in a record time of one year.

A Lion Capital of Ashoka tops the obelisk. At the bottom is inscribed the famous couplet 'Shaheed ki mazron par...' by poet Jagdamba Prasad Mishra 'Hitaishi'.

The names of 25,942 soldiers are inscribed across 16 walls.

The structure consists of four concentric circles: Amar Chakra (Circle of Immortality), Veerta Chakra (Circle of Bravery), Tyag Chakra (Circle of Sacrifice), Rakshak Chakra (Circle of Protection).

Earlier, Modi in his Mann Ki Baat on Sunday said this war memorial was a "symbol of the nation's gratitude to those men who made the supreme sacrifice after we gained Independence".

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