India Gate: A Symbol of National Pride and Sacrifice

It is a war memorial built to pay tribute to the soldiers of the Undivided Indian Army who were martyred during WWI. It is one of the biggest war memorials in the world

War Memorial

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It is dedicated to the honour of 70,000 soldiers who fought and were martyred between 1914 and 1921 in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli, and the Second Anglo-Afghan War

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Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, India Gate is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. He was also the main architect of New Delhi and designed 66 war memorials in Europe


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India Gate took almost 10 years to complete. It is 42 m high and 9.1m in width made of red and yellow Bharatpur sandstone and stands in the centre of a hexagonal complex


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India Gate was inaugurated in 1931 by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Irwin, as the All India War Memorial. It was later renamed India Gate in 1971


Names of 13,218 soldiers are inscribed on the walls of India Gate to pay homage to the martyrs for their sacrifices


The cornice is inscribed with the Imperial suns while both sides of the arch have INDIA, flanked by the dates MCMXIV (1914 left) and MCMXIX (1919 right)

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Beneath the arch of India Gate, there is an eternal flame known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti, built after the 1971 Indo-Pak War to commemorate the martyrs of the Indian Armed Forces

Eternal Flame

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On the Republic Day, the president, Prime Minister, Chiefs of Army, Navy, and Air Force place a wreath at Amar jawan Jyoti and honour the dead and unknown soldiers


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There is a war memorial near the India Gate inaugurated in 2019 to pay tribute to the Indian Armed Forces. Names of armed forces personnel martyred are inscribed on its walls

National War Memorial

The memorial complex has four concentric circles: Amar Chakra (Circle of Immortality), Veerta Chakra (Circle of Bravery), Tyag Chakra (Circle of Sacrifice), Rakshak Chakra (Circle of Protection)

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India Gate is a major tourist attraction in Delhi, drawing visitors from all over the world who come to pay their respects and admire its architectural beauty

Popular Tourist Attraction

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India Gate stands tall as a reminder of the bravery and sacrifices of Indian soldiers and evokes a sense of unity and solidarity in the people of India

Symbol of National Pride

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