The 50-years-old Amar Jawan Jyoti, “Merged” With War Memorial Torch
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The 50-years-old Amar Jawan Jyoti, “Merged” With War Memorial Torch

After flaming for 50 years, the everlasting fire of Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate lawns will be doused continually. The torch will now be integrated with the National War Memorial’s torch at a program today, days ahead of Republic Day.

Air Marshal Balabadhra Radha Krishna, officials said, “The ceremony — scheduled to start at 3.30 pm– will be led over by the Integrated Defence Staff chief.” 

Sources said the decision was taken after it was found that the maintenance of two conflagrations is becoming progressively hard.

Army sources said It has also been declared that since the National War Memorial has already been built for the martyrs of the country, why should a separate fire be lit at the India Gate.

The National War Memorial, army sources said, also has the names of the martyrs that are inscribed on the India Gate.

The National War Memorial also has the names of all the Indian defense staff who have lost their lives in different actions — from the 1947-48 war with Pakistan to the fight with Chinese soldiers at Galwan valley.

The names of soldiers who lost lives against terrorist operations are also included on the walls of the monument.

The National War Memorial built over 40 acres at a cost of ₹ 176 crores — was initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February 2019. All army officials’ events that took place at the India Gate were moved there after the initiation.

At the War Memorial, the everlasting flame is placed below the central 15.5 m pillar. There are four concentric circles – the “Amar Chakra”, “Veerta Chakra”, “Tyag Chakra” and the “Rakshak Chakra”, where the names of 25,942 soldiers are engaged on granite tablets in golden letters.

The memorial also includes six bronze scenes portraying the famous fights fought by the Indian Army, Air Force, and the Navy in a covered gallery in the Veerta Chakra.

The India Gate was built by the British government in memory of the soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the First World War between 1914 and 1921. In 1972, the Amar Jawan Jyoti was lit in memory of the Indian soldiers who died in the 1971 war with Pakistan.

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