New Temple of Democracy : Symbol of Jana-Gana-Mana

Inauguration of Newly Built Parliament House of India


6/22/20232 min read

  • The inauguration of the new building of Parliament House was done on 28th May 2023.

  • The foundation stone of the new Parliament House was laid on 10th December 2020.

  • The new Parliament House is 64,500 square metres in size and embodies the spirit of "Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat".

  • The Lok Sabha chamber has seating capacity of 888 MPs.

  • The Rajya Sabha chamber has seating capacity of 384 MPs.

  • The Joint Parliament session has seating capacity of 1272 MPs.

  • The new Parliament House is designed by Padma Shri architect Bimal Patel.

  • Delhi is currently in Seismic Zone 4. The design of new building has been prepared for Seismic Zone 5.

  • Wood from Nagpur is used.

  • Marble of Gujrat is used.

  • Stone work is of Rajasthan.

  • Bamboo wood flooring from Tripura.

  • Hand-woven carpets have been fitted from Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. Bhadohi is known as 'Carpet City'.

  • National Bird : Peacock-themed Lok Sabha Hall.

  • National Flower : Lotus-themed Rajya Sabha Hall.

  • National tree, the banyan, has been planted on the premises of the Parliament.

  • Ashok Chakra is made on the gate of the new Parliament House and Satyamev Jayate is written.

  • Six entrance doors named as

    • Makar Dwar - salutation to water

    • Hans Dwar - salutation to water

    • Shardul Dwar - salutation to the sky

    • Garud Dwar - salutation to the sky

    • Ashwa Dwar - salutation to the sky

    • Gaj - Dwar - salutation to the sky

  • Ashoka Pillar : The national emblem on the roof of the Parliament House was unveiled on 11th July 2022. This is made of bronze, weight - 9500 kg, height - 6.5 metres.

  • Sengol : Sengol, symbolizing the transfer of power, is placed next to the Speaker's chair in the Parliament House with Vedic chants.

    • On the night of 14th August, 1947, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru received the 'Sengol' as a symbol of the transfer of power to the government from the specially arrived priests from the Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam in Tamil Nadu.

    • 'Sengol' is derived from the Tamil word 'semmai' which means 'righteousness'.

    • The person who receives the 'Sengol' has the 'Order' to rule justly and fairly.

    • In the Great Chola Empire, 'Sengol' was considered as a symbol of the path of duty, the path of service and the path of the nation.