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Sacred ‘Sengol’ to be installed in new Parliament House

Sacred "Sengol" is the symbol of the transfer of power from the British to India.

‘Sengol’ a sacred and historical sceptre from Tamil Nadu. Image - Twitter/ Amit Saha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will install the ‘Sengol’ a sacred and historical sceptre from Tamil Nadu, in the new Parliament building which will be inaugurated on May 28, 2023, Home Minister, Amit Shah said.

The Sengol was adopted as a national symbol during Amrit Kaal. During the inauguration ceremony, pontiffs of the 20 Adheenams (Hindu monasteries) will perform the homam (ritual) and vest the PM with the sacred sceptre. The PM will then install it on a pedestal to the right of the Speaker’s chair, a news release by the government noted.

“The new Parliament House will be dedicated to the nation. On this day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive the sacred symbol of fair and equitable governance, Sengol and install it in the new Parliament House,” Shah said.

Recalling the entire event that took place on the occasion of India's independence, Shah informed that India's transfer of power took place through the handing over of Sengol to Pt. Jawaharlal  Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister,in a special ceremony on the night of August 14, 1947. Nehru received the holy sceptre from the priests of the Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam in Tamil Nadu, who had specially arrived for the occasion. It was precisely the moment when power was transferred by the British into the hands of Indians.

The Home Minister further elaborated,“The Sengol is profound in meaning, which is derived from the Tamil word “Semmai”, meaning ‘Righteousness’. It is blessed by the high priests of a leading Dharmic Mutt in Tamil Nadu. Most importantly, the recipient of the Sengol has the “order” (“Aanai” in Tamil) to rule justly and fairly. This is what is most appealing, for those elected to serve the people must never forget this.”

The same Sengol from 1947 will be installed by the PM in the Lok Sabha. “This historic plan has been conceived in consultation with the presidents of Adheenam. All 20 Adheenam presidents will be present on the auspicious occasion to shower their blessings in reminiscence of the sacred ritual.I express my gratitude to them. I am glad that 96-year-old Vummidi Bangaru Chettyji, associated with the sceptre’s making, will also participate in this sacred ceremony,” Shah added.