Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the new Parliament Building with Vedic chanting, havan-pujan. The Prime Minister also participated in the interfaith prayer after installing ‘Sengol’ in the new Parliament House.
Gurus and people belonging to different religions worshiped in Sarvadharma prayer. During the Sarvadharma prayer, religious leaders of many religions including Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Parsi, Muslim, Sikh, Sanatan offered prayers.
During the inauguration of the new Parliament House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Modi government’s cabinet along with CMs of BJP ruled states were also present in the program.
During the inauguration of the new Parliament House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi first paid obeisance to ‘Sengol’ and the priests of Adhanam handed over the scepter to him. After this, the priests of Adhinam in Tamil Nadu offered flowers on the ‘Scepter’. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla was also present when ‘Sengol’ (scepter) was installed near the speaker’s chair in the Lok Sabha chamber.
After the inauguration of the new Parliament House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that today is an unforgettable day for all of us countrymen. The new building of Parliament is going to fill all of us with pride and hope. I have full faith that this divine and grand building will give new momentum and power to the prosperity and strength of the nation, along with the empowerment of the people.
In the new Parliament, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh said that our present Parliament House has been a vibrant center of democratic activities in the country. Has been the guide of our progress. This building has been a witness to many historical events during our glorious democratic journey right from the attainment of India’s independence and constitution making.
He said that in view of the possibility of increase in the number of members due to delimitation in the coming years and the increasing responsibilities of the Parliament, lack of space was being felt in the present Parliament House. Members of both the Houses of Parliament had requested the Prime Minister to construct a new building.
President Draupadi Murmu’s message
While reading the message of President Draupadi Murmu, the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha said that this occasion of inauguration of the new building of Parliament will be recorded in golden letters in Indian history. The inauguration of the new Parliament House is an occasion of pride and incomparable joy for all the countrymen living in our diversity from the northernmost tip of the land of India to the southernmost point, from the eastern border to the western coastline.
While reading the message of Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh said that I am very happy to congratulate the entire country on this important historical moment and proud moment of the unprecedented development journey of Indian democracy. I am sure that the new Parliament House built in this Amrit Kaal will be a witness of our development in future as well.
‘Whole country witnesses historic moment’
Addressing in the new Parliament House, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that the whole country is witnessing this historic moment in the golden age of independence. I thank PM Modi, with whose determination and inspiring guidance this new building of Parliament was completed in less than 2.5 years.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, by installing Sengol near the Speaker’s Chair, PM Modi has not only repeated the country’s cultural tradition but has also given it a new dimension.
Honored the workers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi honored the workers who contributed to the construction of the Parliament after installing ‘Sengol’. Along with this, the Prime Minister also honored the craftsmen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also talked to the workers.
PM Modi’s first address in the new Parliament House
In the new Parliament House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that I congratulate all the countrymen for this golden moment. This is not just a building, it is a reflection of the aspirations of 140 crore Indians. This is the temple of our democracy.
He said that this new building will become a means to fulfill the dreams of our freedom fighters. This new building will witness the sunrise of a self-reliant India. This new building will see the fulfillment of the resolutions of a developed India. New paradigms are created only by walking on new paths. Today New India is setting new goals. New enthusiasm, new enthusiasm, new direction, new vision.
Importance of Sengol
The history of Sengol dates from the Maurya Empire to the British. Traditionally Sengol is called ‘Scepter’. Sengol is a Tamil language word, which means ‘rich with wealth’. In ancient times, it was considered a symbol of the power and authority of the king. Which Rajpurohit used to give to the king. There were two symbols of power – ‘Rajdand’ for royalty and ‘Dharmdand’ for religious authority. The scepter was with the king and the Dharmadand was with the Rajpurohit.
Part of Central Vista Project
The building of the new Parliament House is a part of the Central Vista project. The cost of the new parliament building is Rs 970 crore. The new Parliament was conceived in September 2019, on 10 December 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did its Bhumi Pujan.
Arrangement of 888 Lok Sabha seats in the new Parliament
There is a provision of 888 Lok Sabha seats in the new Parliament, while there are 552 Lok Sabha seats in the present Parliament. The theme of the Lok Sabha has been created keeping in mind the national bird, the peacock. 384 seats of Rajya Sabha have been kept on the theme of national flower lotus. While the current Rajya Sabha has 245 seats. There are 1272 seats in the third main part i.e. the central hall for the joint session.
The new parliament built in the shape of a triangle has been constructed in an area of 64,500 square meters. It has three main gates – Gyan Dwar, Shakti Dwar and Karma Dwar. There are separate entrances for MPs, VIPs and visitors. The new Parliament House, built by Tata Projects Limited, has a grand constitution hall, lounge for parliamentarians, library, dining area and all kinds of hi-tech facilities to showcase India’s democratic heritage.