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India Gate

India Gate



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The National monument of India is The India Gate which is located in the heart of New Delhi, Sir Edwin Lutyens was who designed India Gate that originally recognized as All India War Memorial, it is a outstanding landmark in Delhi and perpetuates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in war for the British Indian Empire, or more correctly the Third Anglo-Afghan War and the British Raj in World War I. The India gate is composed of red sand stone and granite.

The India Gate is 42 mts tall situated as many important roads spread out through it. Due to terrorist threats Traffic passing around India Gate used to be continuous until the roads were closed to the public.
The lawns around Rajpath congregated with people during the evening, when the India Gate is lit up. When Ice cream and street food vendors come out during this time and it becomes a popular picnic venue for families.

The Amar Jawan Jyoti (The immortal soldier) Burning in a grave under the arch of India Gate since 1971 is that marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The grave itself is a black marble cenotaph with a rifle placed on its barrel, crested by a soldier's helmet. Each face of the cenotaph has engrossed in gold the words "Amar Jawan".
This cenotaph is located on an edifice which has its four torches on four corners that are constantly kept alive. It was disclosed in 1971. After the Indo-Pak war in 1971, the then Prime Minister of india Mrs. Indira Gandhi paid allegiance on behalf of the whole nation on the eve of 23rd republic day (26th january 1972).
Standing right behind the gate there is an empty canopy made of sandstone, which is also designed by Lutyens only, which inspired by a 18th century Mahabalipuram pavilion, that had the statue of King George V until Independence of India in 1947, that now stands in the Coronation Park, Delhi. There were multiple plans and calls to have a seated statue of Mahatma Gandhi initiated which were subject to deliberation and have not been agreed upon.