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In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the country's National War Memorial (NWM) adjoining the iconic India Gate complex in the heart of the national capital. Spread over an area of 40 acres, the memorial comprises four concentric circles, namely-- the 'Amar Chakra, the Veerta Chakra, the 'Tyag Chakra' and the 'Rakshak Chakra' with names of 25,942 soldiers inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets.

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 26 February 2019, 08:19:52 AM
In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the country's National War Memorial (NWM) adjoining the iconic India Gate complex in the heart of the national capital. Spread over an area of 40 acres, the memorial comprises four concentric circles, namely-- the 'Amar Chakra, the Veerta Chakra, the 'Tyag Chakra' and the 'Rakshak Chakra' with names of 25,942 soldiers inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets.
In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

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It also includes a central obelisk, an eternal flame and six bronze murals depicting famous battles fought by Indian Army, Air Force and Navy in a covered gallery (Veerta Chakra).
In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

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The memorial is built at a cost of Rs 176 crore. The sanction for the project was issued on December 18, 2015 and actual work on it started in February 2018.
In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

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It pays tribute to soldiers who laid down their lives defending the nation during India-China war in 1962, Indo-Pak wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971, Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Srilanka and in the Kargil conflict of 1999.
In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

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It pays tribute to soldiers who laid down their lives defending the nation during India-China war in 1962, Indo-Pak wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971, Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Srilanka and in the Kargil conflict of 1999.
In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

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The outermost circle - the Rakshak Chakra comprises of rows of more than 600 trees with each tree representing many soldiers who guard the territorial integrity of the nation round the clock.
In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

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Busts of the 21 awardees of Param Veer Chakra have been installed at Param Yoddha Sthal which includes three living awardees Sub Maj (Hony Capt) Bana Singh (Retd), Sub Major Yogendra Singh Yadav and Sub Sanjay Kumar.
In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

In Pics: Interesting facts about National War Memorial

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Six murals, made by noted sculptor Ram Sutar, depicting famous battles fought by the Army, Air Force and Navy have been put up in a gallery in the Veerta Chakra zone.