PM Modi today installed Sengol in the Lok Sabha chamber in the new Parliament House.
Since the Chola dynasty itself, Sengol has been a symbol of handing over power from one king to another.
Sengol also became a symbol of the transfer of power from the British Raj.
New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the New Parliament Building and installed the historic Sengol in the Lok Sabha chamber. Sengol is in constant discussion for the last few days. After all, why the importance of this scepter, the symbol of royalty, is so much? Which was handed over to the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru while gaining power from the British Raj. Home Minister Amit Shah had earlier in one of his statements highlighted the important role of Sengol in Indian culture, especially Tamil culture.
Sengol is considered a symbol of handing over power from one king to another since the time of the Chola dynasty. Sengol was of great importance in the coronation ceremonies of the kings during the Chola period. It served as the lashing of a ceremonial spear or flag. It involved a lot of carving and intricate decorative work. Sengol was considered a sacred symbol of authority, symbolizing the transfer of power from one ruler to another. Sengol emerged as an iconic symbol of the power, legitimacy and sovereignty of the Chola kings.
History of Sengol in independent India
During the discussion about the symbolic ceremony of transfer of power from British to Indian hands, Viceroy Lord Mountbatten asked a question to the first Prime Minister of independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Mountbatten asked for information about a suitable ceremony to show this important event in Indian tradition. Pandit Nehru sought advice from C. Rajagopalachari about this. C. Rajagopalachari, popularly known as Rajaji, suggested taking inspiration from the model of transfer of power of the Chola dynasty. According to Rajaji, the Chola model involved a symbolic transfer of sengol from a king to his successor.
Sengol became a symbol of transfer of power from the British Raj
The transfer of power from the British Raj to Indian hands was symbolically represented by the adoption of the Chola model and the formal handover of Sengol. The decision reflects respect for India’s ancient traditions and cultural heritage, while signaling a transition to a free country governed by the principles of justice and fairness. Rajaji approached Thiruvavaduthurai Adhanam, a religious monastery located in Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. The Adhinams are non-Brahmin monastic institutions, which follow the teachings and traditions of Lord Shiva.
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Those who made Sengol for independent India are still alive
A Sengol is about five feet long. Nandi bull on top of Sengol which is a symbol of justice and fairness. The task of preparing Sengol was entrusted to a well-known jeweler from Chennai, Wummidi Bangaru Chetty. Part of the Wummidi family – Wummidi Ethirajulu (96 years old) and Wummidi Sudhakar (88 years old) were involved in the construction of Sengol and are still alive today. On the historic day of August 14, 1947, Sengol was brought to Delhi for a symbolic ceremony of transfer of power. First of all, Sengol was presented to Lord Mountbatten, the Viceroy of India at that time. Then Sengol was taken back from them. Sengol was purified with holy water and handed over to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 28, 2023, 11:20 AM