The memorial “Amar Jawan Jyoti” is the eternal soldier flame that holds the remembrance of the soldier who sacrificed their life in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Located in the center of Delhi, the place is a famous tourist spot where people come and show respect to the martyrs.
Being historically significant site, knowing about Amar Jawan Jyoti’s significance and history is important as an Indian. Especially when it is related to the Indian fights and various battles that we had to fight to get freedom.
History of Amar Jawan Jyoti
The Indo-Pak war held in 1971 was a massive massacre in which India lost many heroes and soldiers. The Amar Jawan Jyoti holds memories of the soldiers we lost in the battle that India won. The war which also led to the formation of Bangladesh afterwards. The memorial was inaugurated on 26 January 1972, in which the Chief guest was the Prime Minister- Indira Gandhi.
The structural formation consists of an inverted bayonet- the soldier’s weapon with a soldier’s cap on the top. Lying in front of it is the eternal flame that signifies the sacrifice of the soldiers. In front of the memorial is a pedestal made with fine black marble with a cenotaph which serves as the grave for the martyrs.
Moreover, the flame at the Amar Jawan Jyoti keeps blazing throughout the year, including the four flames placed at the cenotaph.
Significance of Amar Jawan Jyoti
Standing still for the last few decades, Amar Jawan Jyoti pays tribute to those 90,000 Indian soldiers. They entirely devoted themselves to winning the battles and campaigns for the British Indian Army.
The names of more than 13,000 infants are listed on India Gate following with Amar Jawan Jyoti. It was obtained as a memorial for soldiers by the government in 1972. Indian Gate is also famous as a “Symbol of Colonial Past.”