Published By Livemint | 24 May, 2023
During the inauguration of the new Parliament, PM Modi will place the historic 'Sengol' sceptre near the speakers seat.

What is the Sengol?

The 'Sengol' sceptre is a historical symbol of independence representing the transfer of power from the British to the Indians. 
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How does it work?

It is a Tamil tradition of a high priest presenting a sceptre to a newly crowned king as a symbolic gesture of transferring power. 
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When India achieved Independence, the same tradition was followed by Lord Mountbatten and late Prime Minister Nehru. 
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The craft 

The 'Sengol' was crafted by Vummidi Bangaru Chetty, a jeweller in Madras. It is 5 ft and showcases a 'nandi' bull at the top, representing justice. 
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The sceptre was then acquired by Thiruvaduthurai Atheenam, a religious insitution in Tamil Nadu. 
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The sceptre was sanctified in Ganga Jal and delivered to former PM Nehru 15 minutes before midnight, marking the moment of India's independence. 
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