News Desk, Press24 News, New Delhi
Published by: Amit Mandal
Updated Sun, 15 Aug 2021 07:37 AM IST
A day before independence, there were prayers for the bright future of the country and consultations between prominent leaders through chanting of mantras in the Parliament. A new era started with conch shell, havan and fire parikrama…
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Amidst chanting, they were all circumambulating the holy fire, who were to take over as the first ministers of independent India shortly after. After this, Gangajal was sprinkled on them. Tilak was also applied on the head, which according to the ancient belief of Hindus symbolizes the third eye – the third eye which can see the real behind the scene presented and which protects the person from misfortune, calamity, evils, tantrums. In this way those future ministers were preparing to take on the important responsibilities which were soon to be laid on their shoulders. Then, one after the other, they entered the grand hall of the Constituent Assembly, which was lavishly decorated with the national flag.
new morning conch
The tradition of welcoming the morning with conch shell has been there in India. Today that conch shell was going to happen at midnight. A man wearing khadi stood in that corridor and looked at the people in the Constituent Assembly who were waiting for a new dawn.
He held a conch shell in both his palms amidst the rose petals. Jawaharlal Nehru was standing on the speaker stand just below him. A fresh rose was threaded in his cotton jacket. A fresh rose flower was threaded daily in Jawaharlal Nehru’s jacket or kurta.
In that room, there used to be grand oil paintings of the Viceroys of India on the walls, now the tricolor flags were hoisted there with pride.
example of unity in diversity
The people sitting in the queue right in front of Nehru were representing the people of a nation which was about to be born in a short time. Some of them were wearing khadi, some in saris and some in royal style. They were representing people of different religions, castes, languages and cultures, but in spite of that they were now going to be so united that such an example of unity in diversity could not be possible anywhere else in the world.
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