India is a land of rich and diverse cultures and traditions with many different religions residing together. There have been many invasions on India starting from Mohammad Bin Qasim to the British. Each and every invader made many architectures, buildings, structures, religious places and many other things. The British also made many buildings, monuments institutions, railway network, etc. Some of them are famous all over the world and are a major tourist attraction. Monuments and buildings such as The Red Fort, Gateway Of India and Parliament House are among the most attractive, beautiful and famous places built by the British in India. Another such famous building is the India Gate.
When Was India Gate Built?
The India Gate, also known as All India War Memorial was built by the British. It was established on 10th November 1921 and was unveiled to the public on 12th February 1933. It is located at the Rajpath, New Delhi.
The India Gate was designed and architectured by Edwin Lutyens. He was the leading designer of war memorials and was the main architect of New Delhi. He planned sixty-six war dedications in Europe, including the very respected Cenotaph, in London, in 1919, the main national war commemoration raised after World War I, for which he was authorized by David Lloyd George, the British prime minister. All-India War Memorial in New Delhi, similar to the Cenotaph, in London, is mainstream remembrance, free of religious and “socially explicit iconography, for example, crosses”. Lutyens as per his biographer, Christopher Hussey, depended on “essential Mode”, a style of celebration dependent on “widespread building style free of religious ornamentation”. The India Gate, which has been known as an “inventive revising of the Arc de Triomphe” has a range of 30 feet and lies on the eastern pivotal end of Kingsway, present-day Rajpath, the focal vista and primary stylized parade course in New Delhi.
Why Was India Gate Built
India Gate was made to honour the soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the First World War. About 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army had died between 1914 to 1921 in France, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa and elsewhere. Those soldiers fought as a part of the British Army in the First World War. The structure is inspired by the Arc De Triomphe in Paris and is made up of sandstone and granite. It stands 42 meters tall. The structure also houses the name of all these soldiers on its wall.
There has been a lot of changes in the structure after the independence. The statue of King George V was removed from them in front of the gate. These modifications have made the structure a site to honour the Indian Army and also the freedom fighters. Amar Jawan Jyoti is built to honour the soldiers if Indian Army who had lost their lives in 1971 war with Pakistan.
Despite the fact that verifiable significance is as yet connected to the landmark, yet India Gate has likewise turned into a cookout spot for some Delhiites, on account of its encompassing gardens, wellsprings and the perspective of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Go to India Gate on Saturday or Sunday night to see various families getting a charge out of sustenance and the climate at India Gate. Youngsters have a ball a ton there and you can discover numerous sellers of desserts, organic product chaat, chilly beverages and so forth adjacent.