The ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, which has been burning for 50 years, will be merged with the flame burning at the National War Memorial. After 50 years, India Gate’s Amar Jawan Jyoti to be doused, merged with flame at National War Memorial

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'Amar Jawan Jyoti', which has been burning for 50 years, will be merged with the flame burning at the National War Memorial - India TV
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‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, which has been burning for 50 years, will be merged with the flame burning at the National War Memorial.

Highlights

  • Amar Jawan Jyoti’s torch at Delhi’s India Gate will be extinguished forever
  • Now the flame will burn only in the National War Memorial
  • National War Memorial is very special

New Delhi: The Amar Jawan Jyoti, which has been burning for the last 50 years at the India Gate in the national capital, will be merged with the flame burning at the National War Memorial on Friday. Army officials gave this information on Thursday. Amar Jawan Jyoti was established in the memory of the Indian soldiers who were martyred in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. India was victorious in this war and Bangladesh was formed. It was inaugurated on 26 January 1972 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Army officials said on Thursday that the Amar Jawan Jyoti will be merged with the burning flame on Friday (January 21, 2022) afternoon at the National War Memorial, which is located just 400 meters from the other side of the India Gate. The India Gate Memorial was built by the British Government in the memory of the soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives during 1914-1921. At the same time, the reasoning behind merging ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ with the flame burning at the National War Memorial is that it is becoming very difficult to maintain the flame (torch) at two places.

Let us tell you that on 25 February 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National War Memorial, where the names of 25,942 soldiers have been written in golden letters. After the inauguration of the building at the War Memorial, all military ceremonial events were shifted from the India Gate Memorial to the National War Memorial.

Let us tell you that the National War Memorial is the only memorial in the country where the names of the soldiers of the Tri Service i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force are under one roof. The National War Memorial has four layers i.e. four chakras. The innermost chakra is the Amar Chakra with a 15.5 m high memorial pillar in which the Amar Jyoti is burning. This Jyoti symbolizes the immortality of the soul of the martyred soldiers as well as an assurance that the nation will never forget the sacrifice of its soldiers. The second layer is the Veerta Chakra, which describes the six important battles fought by the Army, Air Force and Navy. The third layer is the names of the martyred soldiers in the Tyag Chakra, who gave their lives for the country. These names are written on a 1.5 meter wall. There are 695 trees in the Suraksha Chakra which represent the soldiers deployed in the defense of the country.

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