India Gate

12 Mar 2019  Tue

Located in the heart of the city of New Delhi, the India Gate is one of the most prominent national landmarks of India. The foundation stone of India Gate was laid in 1921 and the structure was unveiled in 1933. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

India gate is a 42-meter tall gate that is regarded as All India War Memorial. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.

In 1972, following the Bangladesh Liberation War, a small simple structure, consisting of a black marble plinth, with a reversed rifle, capped by a war helmet, bounded by four eternal flames, was built beneath the soaring Memorial Archway. This structure called Amar Jawan Jyoti.

India gate is counted among the largest war memorials in India. India post has issued 1 Rupee 50 Paisa commemorative postage stamp in 1987.

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