Location: Rajpath, New Delhi
India Gate is perhaps one of the most impressive structures built
in the capital of India, Delhi with lush green lawns in the
backdrop. This historic monument was built as a memorial to
commemorate the 90,000 Indian soldiers killed in the first world war
. This wonder monument was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The
construction was completed in 1931 A.D.
Located on Rajpath, the road which leads to the magnificent
Rashtrapati Bhawan, the gate is 160 feet high with an arch of 138
feet.The monument was dedicated to the nation 10 years later by the
then Viceroy, Lord Irwin.
The Amar Javan Jyoti
Built from sandstone, the arch also houses the Eternal Flame, a
gesture in memory of the Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the
1971 war with Pakistan. A memoir of the soldiers who laid their
lives at the North-West Frontier operations of the same time and the
1919 Afghan Fiasco. On the walls of the structure are inscribed the
names of all the soldiers. This eternal flame called Amar Jawan
Jyoti that runs on gas was lit in 1971 to honour the martyrs has
been kept alive since then. During the night, it is intensely
floodlit and the fountains nearby are lit up with coloured
lights.Close by is the canopy which once became controversial and
under whose red sandstone roof was the marble statue of King George
V which has been shifted from there. The canopy was also designed
and built by Lutyens.
The entire arch stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone and
rises in stages to a huge molding, beneath, which are inscribed
Imperial sons. Above on both sides is inscribed India, flanked by
MCM and to the right, XIX. The shallow domed bowl at the top was
intended to be filled with burning oil on anniversaries but this is
The lush green surroundings.......
Surrounding the imposing structure is a large expanse of lush green
lawns, which is a popular picnic spot. One can see hoards of people
moving about the brightly lit area and on the lawns on summer
evenings. People of Delhi and the tourists rejuvenate themselves by
recreating amongst the natural environs.
Enchanting Valore! -The Eternal Saga.
This monument located in the Delhi's heart land enchants an eternal
saga of valore. The spirit of nationalism is rejuvenated and
encourages the inner self to respond to the melodies of the
sacrifices made by the brave sons of this virtuous land. The
inscribed names of the martyrs unfurl the petals of the tales of
their ultimate submission to the cause of their mother land. Indeed,
this is an ideal reflection of Indian Passion to love thy mother