13 Historical Facts about India Gate
- India Gate is one of the largest war memorials in India.
- The monument was designed by Edwin Lutyens, the chief architect of New Delhi.
- The foundation stone of India Gate was laid by the Duke of Connaught, on 10th February 1921.
- It took approximately 10 years to complete the construction work on the monument, which came to an end in 1931.
- The walls of India Gate have been inscribed with the names of the Indian soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan Wars.
- The monument rises to a height of 42 meters and has many important roads spreading out from it.
- The arch of India Gate houses a shrine, inside which is the ever-burning Amar Jawan Jyoti.
- Amar Jawan Jyoti was unveiled on January 26, 1972, by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
- The flame of the Jyoti burns day and night, to remind the nation of soldiers who died in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.
- The shrine has a black marble cenotaph with a rifle placed on its barrel, crested by a soldier’s helmet.
- It is customary for the President and the Prime Minister, as well as visiting Guests of State, to pay homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti, on ceremonial state occasions.
- India Gate stands surrounded by lush, green gardens and is flanked by the clean waters of a lake.
- India Gate serves as the venue of the Republic Day parade, which takes place on 26th January every year.
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