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What is Sengol, which the Modi government will plant in the new parliament building? Read its history

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Sengol in the New Parliament Building: The date of inauguration of the new Parliament building is approaching. PM Modi will inaugurate the new Parliament building on May 28. Meanwhile, Sengol has arrived for the debate, which will be held in the new Parliament House. Sengol is called Rajdand in Hindi. The story of this scepter is connected with Indian history. It will be established with Tamil traditions.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the scepter has a great contribution in our history. Will be dedicated to the nation. Sengol is derived from the Tamil word semai, meaning righteousness, truth and loyalty. Sengol was a symbol of the power and authority of the Indian emperor Ashoka. It is made of gold plated silver.

Why is Sengol in the limelight?
In fact, Sengol is considered to symbolize the transfer of power. It symbolizes the transfer of power in India from the British, as it was originally used to transfer power from one king to another during the Chola dynasty in Tamil Nadu. It will be kept near the Lok Sabha Speaker’s seat.

Regarding this, the Union Home Minister said, ‘Our government believes that it is inappropriate to keep this sacred ‘Sengol’ in a museum. There could be no other place more fitting, sacred and fitting than Parliament House to establish a ‘Sengol’, which is why Sengol is in the limelight after all these years. Until now it was housed in the Nehru Gallery of the Allahabad Museum.

 

The Saiva practice of Tamil will continue during its installation in the new Parliament House. The sengol will be purified with holy water. Tamil temple singer Kolru Padhigam will perform it. After the ceremony, it will be handed over to PM Modi, who will be installed in the new Parliament House.

History related to Pandit Nehru
The Union Home Minister said that on August 14, 1947 at 10.45 am Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was given on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu. He said that whoever is given this power has an expectation of fair and just governance. After India received the Scepter, it was taken in a procession to the Constituent Assembly Hall.

Special association with the Chola, Mauryan and Gupta dynasties
During the rule of the Chola, Maurya and Gupta dynasties, it was given importance at the time of the coronation of kings. It was given by one ruler to another during the transfer of power. It is also considered a symbol of heritage and tradition.

Official sources told PTI that the scepter has been brought to Delhi from the Allahabad museum. According to sources, “The funeral scepter was kept along with other historical items related to Jawaharlal Nehru as part of the Nehru Gallery of the Allahabad Museum.”

A senior museum official said that the foundation stone of the present building of the museum was laid by Nehru on 14 December 1947 and was opened to the public in 1954 during the Kumbh Mela.