To honor the Indian Armed forces the National War Memorial built by the Indian Government nearby India Gate. The National War Memorial covers the area of around 40 acres and constructed around the existing canopy nearby India Gate. The soldiers killed in the wars of 1947-48, 1961(Goa), 1962 (China), 1965, 1971, 1987 (Siachen), 1987-88 (Sri Lanka), 1999 (Kargil), and other operations like Operation Rakshak, engraved on the walls of the memorial. The National War Memorial Delhi inauguration was done by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 25th February 2019.
The internal structure of the National war memorial of India named as Amar Chakra the circle of immortality. While other chakras are Veerta chakra implies the bravery circle, Rakshak chakra implies a circle of protection and the Tyag chakra implies the sacrifice circle.
Also, a war museum proposed to be constructed in the adjacent park named Princess Park. It lies in the North of India Gate covers an area of 14 acres. Earlier, The accommodation constructed in the park built during the world war II for themed-level armed forces soldiers posted in New Delhi headquarters. Thus, Both the proposed museum and war memorial being connected by a subway. Although, The construction cost of both War Memorial and Museum predictable to 500 crores.
Architecture and Design
In the month of April 2017, a worldwide design competition held and the winner of the competition, the Chennai based architects – WeBe Designs Lab. They won because of the amazing conceptualization of the architectural structure and the proposed coordination in the construction of the project. The architect who designed the project of National War Memorial to name Ar. Yogesh Chandrahasan. Therefore, the entire perception centered on a thought that the war memorial should be a place where we do not mourn the death, but rejoice the lives of the soldiers and admire and respect for their sacrifices.
Though, The National War Memorial and the Museum selected as a distinctive project. Hence, The timely execution of the project allotted to a project division specially assigned under the supervision of the Defence Ministry. The work also hands over to the military engineer services.
Moreover, The Memorial signifies five circles, a central pillar has an eternal flame signifying the Amar Jawan.
The Concentric Circles
- Amar Chakra-The Circle of Immortality
- The Circle of Bravery-Veerta Chakra
- Tyag Chakra-The Circle of Sacrifice
- Circle of Protection-Rakshak Chakra
- The outer guard cycle consists of rows of more than 600 trees. Every single tree expresses many soldiers protected India’s national solidarity – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Paying tributes to 25,942 war sufferers, 16 walls have been carved gold in the Tyag Chakra. On granite bullets prescribed in the Chakravyuh fashion of ancient Indian warfare.
- Veerta Chakra composed of six murals composed by eminent sculptor Ram Sutra. Which the famous battles fought by the Defence services shown.
- In the most famous Amar Chakra, the 15.5-meter tall obelisk included along with the capital of Asoka, in which the famous couple an inscribed base with “Shahid’s Mazarin par”. An eternal flame burned here next to Amar Jawan Jyoti.
- A border area marked as the ultimate Jodha stall, in which the display of 21 Param Vir Chakra winners, along with the exposure of three live award winners, has been shown.
- Inspired by generations of generation to create national pride and sense of belonging. The Prime Minister greeted the venue as a pilgrimage place for Indians. While, entry to the War Memorial free, a restriction of up to 250 visitors at a time.
National War Memorial Delhi Timings
One can explore the National War Memorial from 9 am to 6:30 pm in the month of November to the month of March and from 9 am to 7:30 pm in the month of April to the month of October. The entry to the Memorial remains restrained on specific days/timings. Moreover, There is no entry fee.
How to Reach
National War Museum now a part of the HOHO Bus. Also called Hop On Hop Off Bus includes as one of the tourist’s Attractions. One can board the buses from HOHO Infomation Centre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi. Metro connected to around the city. The nearest metro station includes central secretariat, Pragati Maidan, Mandi house, and Janpath.