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Honouring Our Fallen Soldiers at Newly Opened National War Memorial Delhi

Honouring Our Fallen Soldiers at Newly Opened National War Memorial Delhi
Last Updated: February 27, 2019 /

“When you go home, tell them of us, and tell that for their tomorrow, we gave our today”, is a famous eulogy for the soldiers who died in the battlefield of Kohima in 1944. John Maxwell Edmonds was the author of this eulogy and since its first usage, this one line has been the aptest description of the sacrifices of the soldiers. Honouring their efforts, Prime Minister on 25th February inaugurated India’s first National War Memorial in Delhi near the already popular tourist attraction, India Gate. Here is everything you need to know about National War Memorial Delhi.

Origin of the National War Memorial

National War Memorial Delhi Area

The first talk about a National War Memorial started in 1960 when the armed forces of our country requested the government for the commemoration of fallen soldiers at a War Memorial. However, the project never really took off. Followed by a persistent demand in the year 2006, the UPA government formed a committee to overlook the demands of armed forces. In 2015, the current NDA government approved the construction of the memorial near India Gate, honouring the sacrifice of soldiers during multiple wars. Although the memorial was slated to open in August 2018, it was finally inaugurated on February 25, 2019.

Significance of National War Memorial in Delhi

National War Memorial in Delhi

Built in the vicinity of India Gate, which is also called All India War Memorial, the National War Memorial pays homage to the soldier who laid their lives during the Indo-Sino war of 1962, Indo-Pak war of 1947, 1965, 1971 and Kargil Conflict of 1999 and India’s Peacekeeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka. The memorial would honour 25,942 fallen soldiers.

Interesting Facts about the National War Memorial

National-War-Memorial

  • For the design of the Memorial, a global competition was held. The contest was launched through MyGov.in portal and sP+a Studios from Mumbai won the design for the War Museum, while Chennai based WeBe Design Lab’s design for the memorial was declared the winner.
  • Projected to be a popular tourism attraction in Delhi, the National War Memorial was built at a cost of 176 Crores.
  • One of the best patriotic places to visit in Delhi, the war memorial houses an eternal flame similar to India Gate. The flame represents the immortality of their sacrifice. It represents that their sacrifice will always be remembered by the citizens of India.
  • The memorial has 16 walls and pattern of the wall resembles a chakravyuh, an ancient Indian war formation.
  • The design of the memorial also includes four concentric circles- Veerta (Bravery) Chakra, Amar (Immortal) Chakra, Rakshak (Protector) Chakra and Tyag (Sacrifice) Chakra.
  • The National War Memorial also houses the statues of 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees at the Param Yoddha Sthal.

How to Reach National War Memorial?

National War Memorial Delhi

Located near the famous Delhi tourism attraction of India Gate, National War Memorial can be easily accessed through public or private transport.

National War Memorial location: India Gate

Nearest Metro: Central Secretariat

Entry Fee for the Memorial

National War Memorial Delhi CIty

There is no entry fee for visiting the National War Memorial in Delhi.

Timings for National War Memorial: Open on all days of the week, the timings for the War Memorial Delhi is from 9 am to 6:30 pm. However, the timings are supposed to change after March. From April, the timings would be 9 am to 7:30 pm. However, the entry to the memorial is restricted on certain days.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

India Gate, Delhi

  • India Gate: Another famous war memorial commemorating Indian soldiers who died in World War 1 and Third Anglo-Afghan War.
  • Rashtrapati Bhawan: Another popular tourist attraction is the President House. With a special permit, you can visit the inside of the buildings.
  • Rajpath: Formerly known as Kingsway, the ceremonial boulevard between India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan is a significant spot. The Republic Day parade marches on this road.
  • Humayun’s Tomb: A UNESCO World Heritage site, the monument was built by Bea Begum, wife of Humayun. It is the tomb of the famous Mughal Emperor.
  • Agrasen Ki Baoli: The famous Baoli has been made popular after it was part of numerous Bollywood movies. There are many gothic stories about its origin and powers which can only be verified by visiting here.
First Published on: 26 Feb, 2019
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