In a striking blend of architectural design and national symbolism, the new Parliament building in India is taking shape alongside the existing structure. Set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this magnificent complex features an interior that pays homage to three significant national symbols: the lotus, the peacock, and the banyan tree.
A Triangular Marvel
The new Parliament building boasts a triangular design, offering a fresh perspective on India’s legislative powerhouse. With a built-up area of approximately 65,000 square meters, this architectural marvel promises to be an impressive addition to the country’s landscape.
A Sengol for Power Transfer
Adding a touch of history and tradition, the new structure will include a ‘Sengol,’ a historical sceptre from Tamil Nadu. Inspired by the Chola Kingdom era, the ‘Sengol’ was given to India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, by the British, symbolizing the transfer of power. Now, it will find its place within the new Parliament building, bridging the past and the present.
Spacious Chambers and Ministerial Offices
Inside the new Parliament building, the Lok Sabha chamber will accommodate 888 seats, while the Rajya Sabha chamber will house 384 seats. Unlike its predecessor, this new structure will not have a central hall. In the event of a joint session, the Lok Sabha chamber can easily accommodate 1,272 members.
Apart from the legislative chambers, the building’s remaining four floors will serve as spaces for ministerial offices and committee rooms, facilitating efficient governance and decision-making.
The Essence of National Symbols
The interior design of the new Parliament building beautifully incorporates the essence of three national symbols. The lotus, symbolizing purity and enlightenment, the peacock, representing beauty and grace, and the banyan tree, embodying strength and stability, come alive within the walls of this magnificent structure.
With meticulous attention to detail, the new meeting rooms inside the Parliament feature state-of-the-art technologies, providing an environment conducive to productive discussions and collaborative decision-making.
Inauguration and Prayer Ceremony
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the new Parliament building, marking a significant milestone in the country’s governance. The occasion will also witness a prayer ceremony, adding a spiritual touch to the proceedings. While some opposition parties have chosen not to attend the ceremony, the event will see the presence of 25 parties, including 18 NDA constituents and seven non-NDA parties.
As India prepares to embrace this new architectural gem, the new Parliament building stands as a testament to the nation’s rich heritage, democratic ideals, and aspirations for a prosperous future.
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