National War Memorial’s 2nd anniversary: All you need to know about the monument

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New Delhi: Situated in the heart of the national capital, National War Memorial celebrated its two-year-anniversary Thursday (February 25, 2021). The memorial, commemorating the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers, is spread across 40 acres in the India Gate complex.

Two years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the National War Memorial in New Delhi as a tribute to the soldiers killed during the Indo-Pak Wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971,  the Indo-China War in 1962, the Kargil Conflict in 1999, and the Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka.

The names of 25,942 armed forces personnel, who gave the supreme sacrifice in border conflicts of Independent India are inscribed on the memorial walls in golden letters.

The National War Memorial project has taken inspiration from the 'Chakravyuh' formation, with the main structure built in the form of four concentric circles, each chakra signifying different values of the armed forces. The four chakras are namely, Amar Chakra, Veerta Chakra, Tyag Chakra and Rakshak Chakra. 

The government granted permission for the construction of the monument at C-Hexagon in 2015, which finally began in 2017. The granite and sandstone used in the construction of the monument was transported from Rajasthan. 

Meanwhile, anyone can visit the national monument from 9 AM to 6:30 PM (November to March) and 9 AM to 7:30 PM (April to October) without paying any entry fee.

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