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After 50 yrs, India Gate’s Amar Jawan Jyoti to be doused, merged with flame at National War Memorial

Mangalore Today News Network / NDTV

New Delhi, Jan 21, 2022: The eternal flame at Delhi’s India Gate, known as Amar Jawan Jyoti and lit in memory of the soldiers who were martyred during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, will be doused and merged with the flame at the adjoining National War Memorial ahead of Republic Day.


Amar Jawan Jyoti

The 42 metre-high India Gate was built during British rule as the All India War Memorial Arch to honour soldiers who died in the First World War (1914-1918) and the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919). The landmark has the names of soldiers inscribed on its surface.

In 1972, the Amar Jawan Jyoti was included as part of the India Gate memorial. It has an inverted bayonet and soldier’s helmet with an eternal flame burning.

Earlier, service chiefs and visiting delegates used to pay respect at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. On Republic Day, the prime minister would pay tribute at the site.

In 2019, the National War Memorial was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was built in memory of soldiers and unsung heroes who have laid down their lives for the nation since Independence.

The new memorial spans 40 acres in the India Gate complex and has names of soldiers killed in war etched on its walls. Wreath-laying ceremonies on all designated days are now carried out here.

In 2019, it had been decided that the Amar Jawan Jyoti would continue in its place even as a new eternal flame was lit at the new memorial.

Courtesy:India Today

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