New Delhi: Union Minister Amit Shah conducted a news conference on Wednesday to brief the media on the new Parliament building, which is to be inaugurated on May 28, 2023. The Minister said that the historical golden sceptre, ‘Sengol,” which is the symbol of an independent nation, will be placed next to the Lok Sabha speaker’s chair by PM Modi. This is set to be the major event of the inauguration.
Home Minister Amit Shah also said that the sceptre being placed in Central Vista was handed over by the British to first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as part of the transfer of power and that this symbolises the spirit of freedom.
Historic sceptre 'Sengol' to be placed in new Parliament building, symbolises spirit of freedom: Amit Shah
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The minister also added that the establishment of the sceptre at the new parliament building was an attempt to connect cultural traditions with modernity. The sceptre, which is currently at a museum in Allahabad, was planned under the reflection PM Modi’s vision.
When it comes to the historical importance of the golden sceptre, it is a symbol of freedom that was presented by the British to our nation’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
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The significance of the ‘Sengol’ arose after Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, asked what would serve as the symbol for the transfer of power from the British to India. C Rajagopalachari, the last Governor General of India, suggested that this tradition, observed by the Chola dynasty, could serve as a significant symbol of India’s freedom from British rule.
Afterwards, the Sengol was crafted under the supervision of Madras jeweller Vummidi Bangaru Chetty.
The golden sceptre, which is 5 feet long, has a Nandi bull on top of it, which is a symbol of justice. The sceptre was anointed using the holy water of the Ganges just 15 minutes before independence at midnight.