What is 'Sengol'? Tamil Nadu's historic sceptre finds new home in parliament1 min read 24 May 2023, 01:37 PM IST
This impressive sceptre measures five feet in length and features a 'nandi' bull at the top, representing the concept of justice.
During the upcoming inauguration of the new parliament building on May 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will place the historic 'Sengol' (sceptre) near the Speaker's seat, as stated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Charged with the challenging responsibility of acquiring the sceptre that would symbolize India's Independence, Rajaji reached out to Thiruvaduthurai Atheenam, a prominent religious institution in present-day Tamil Nadu. The spiritual leader of the mutt at that time willingly took on the task.
The 'Sengol' was crafted by Vummidi Bangaru Chetty, a renowned jeweller in what was then known as Madras. This impressive sceptre measures five feet in length and features a 'nandi' bull at the top, representing the concept of justice.
As per reports, a senior priest from the mutt initially presented the sceptre to Mountbatten, only to retrieve it shortly afterward. The sceptre was then sanctified by sprinkling it with Ganga Jal (holy water). It was carried in a procession to Prime Minister Nehru and delivered to him approximately 15 minutes before midnight, signifying the moment of India's Independence. Accompanying this significant event, a special song was composed and performed as Prime Minister Nehru received the sceptre.
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