PM Sh Narendra Modi meets the Adheenams today at his residence and takes their blessings.Dr Jitendra Singh – Union Minister
Omar Abdullah – VP, JKNC:
Setting aside the brouhaha about the inauguration for a moment, this building is a welcome addition.
The old Parliament House has served us well but as someone who has worked there for a few years, a lot of us often spoke amongst ourselves about the need for a new & improved parliament building.
Better late than never is all I’ll say & this one looks pretty damn impressive.
Milind Deora – Fmr Union Minister:
The upcoming inauguration of the New Parliament Building is a missed opportunity for national unity.
Parliament represents the pursuit of common ground & democracy extends beyond physical structures.
As the world’s largest parliamentary democracy, I am still hopeful that the new parliament will transcend politics & prove to be a place for accountability, transparency & debate.
PM Narendra Modi:
The new Parliament building will make every Indian proud.
This video offers a glimpse of this iconic building.
I have a special request- share this video with your own voice-over, which conveys your thoughts.
I will re-Tweet some of them.
Don’t forget to use #MyParliamentMyPride.
N Chandrababu Naidu – Former CM, Andhra Pradesh:
As we have a new Parliament building, I join a joyous and proud nation in congratulating PM Narendra Modi Ji, the Union Govt, and every hand that has contributed to building this historic structure.
I wish for the New Parliament building to become the abode for transformational policy and decision-making.
The dream of a poverty-free India where the gap between haves and have-nots has been bridged will be achieved by 2047, on completion of 100 years of independence.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting:
The Sacred Sengol, blessed by high priests from Tamil Nadu, carries the spirit of just rule and represents the values of fair & equitable governance.
To be installed in the New Parliament Building by PM Narendra Modi, the revered artifact will shine near the Lok Sabha Speaker’s podium as a fitting symbol of the Amrit Kaal, an era that will witness the new India taking its rightful place in the world.
Amit Malviya – BJP leader:
Sengol At New Parliament
There is a rich history associated with the Sengol and this is how it goes…
Vesting the Sengol in the hands of the new ruler by Rajaguru is the Tamil Chola Empire tradition of anointing a new ruler.
An ancient Tamil Shaiva Adheenam [Math] performed the ceremony and vested the Sengol in the hands of Jawaharlal Nehru, on the eve of India’s independence.
The Sengol – which symbolises virtual and ethical rule – is highly spoken of in the ancient Tamil texts, and saint-poet Tiruvalluvar has written 10 verses celebrating Sengol and “Songonmai” – which means rule based on “Aram” – the Tamil world for Dharma.
The sacred Sengol ceremony took place just before Pundit Nehru hoisted the national flag and addressed the nation with the message of ‘Tryst with Destiny’.
Indian and even foreign media had reported, preceding and succeeding August 14, 1947, on the Sengol ceremony.
The transfer of power had to be held in a nation, ravaged by partition and violence, and as such the Sengol ceremony had to be arranged in post-haste. Since it wasn’t a legal or formal matter, it was undertaken by oral orders, and hence remained unrecorded.
As a result, the sacred Sengol and its vesting ceremony seem to have disappeared from the institutional memory of the Indian state.
But reports had appeared in popular Tamil language media from 2017 onwards about how minutes before Jawaharlal Nehru addressed the nation as the Prime Minister, the government of India had followed the sacred Sengol vesting model of Chola Kings of Tamil Nadu [who used to assume power] for transfer of power from the Britishers to Indians.
The Tamil Media had reported that the vesting of power and the assumption of it by Nehru, on behalf of the people of Independent India, was administered by the saint who belonged to Tiruvavaduthurai Math and their team of musicians and Oduvars [grantis] who were specially invited by the government to perform the vesting of the Sengol.
Adopting the traditions the Chola Kings had adopted the Adheenams handed over to the Prime Minister a golden Sengol with the Nandi [Bull] at its top, purified with waters from holy rivers, and singing sacred Tamil text Thevaram, symbolic of the divine blessings and command to rule just and fairly.
The reports had said that the background to the ritual was the query by the Viceroy Mountbatten to Jawaharlal Nehru, as to what was the traditional ritual to be followed to symbolize the transfer of power. Nehru sought the advice of Rajagopalachari, Rajaji as he was popularly known. And it was Rajaji who conceptualized the Chola model of assumption to the throne and approached the Tiruvavaduthurai Math and requested to perform the sacred function at Delhi.
He made travel aarrangements for the Adheenam team to travel to Delhi and administer the vesting of the Sengol in the hands of the Prime Minister on the model of the age-old ritual prevalent at the time of the Chola kings.
The Tamil media also reported that the idea of the Sengol vesting was to avoid assuming the power from the British directly and to get the authority from the hands of saints.
The media had also reported that it all happened in post haste. The Adheenam got a 5-ft long gold plated Sengol made by Vummidi Bangaru Chetty, a well-known house of jewellers in Chennai. As the senior Adheenam was unwell he sent his junior along with the entire team of saints, singers, and musicians. Some 15 minutes before Nehru addressed the nation at zero hours on 15th August, the saint handed over the Sengol to Jawaharlal Nehru, who held it when the 11 verses of the Thevaram, called the Kolaru Pathikam, which was sung to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva, which assured the king assuming power to rule in eternity.
The photos of the event with Jawaharlal Nehru, which were available with the Tiruduthurai Adheenam, showing Pundit Nehru holding the Sengol with devotion, as the Saints performed the singing of the verses was also carried in the media.
The media had also reported that the photos of the event were displayed in the Ashram of the Tiruvaduthurai Adeenam premises. The description of the event by the media was meticulous. It had detailed that Vummidi Bangaru Chetty jewellers had made the Sengol as per the design provided by Adeenam. The media had also reported that the entire sacred ceremony was suppressed from the public and the Sengol which symbolized the transfer of power was kept in Anand Bhavan in Allahabad.
Following this, the popular Tamil Weekly Thuglak founded by the famous Tamil journalist Cho Ramaswamy published a detailed account of the historicity of the event tracing it to the recorded conversation of one of the most revered saints of the last century, the Kanchi Paramacharya, with his disciples.
The text of the conversation showed that it seemed to have taken place on Independence Day in 1978. The conversation, as found in a book, that was published much later, after the Kanchi Acharya had attained Siddhi in 1994. The Thuglak magazine also cited the Tamil media reports and also the photos of Nehru standing with the Sengol. The Thuglak article appeared in May 2021. Immediately thereafter Dr Padma Subrahmanyam, one of the most well-known classical dance artiste and also winner of Pama Bhushan and other awards translated the article into English and sent it to the office of the Prime Minister. She had pleaded that such a profound, sacred, historic ceremony of Sengol vesting has been kept out of public knowledge and history. She requested that the government must make this public on the occasion of nation’s Independence Day in 2021.
This set off the government to verify the media reports and authenticity of the Sengol vesting ceremony on the intervening night of 14/15th August 1947.
I had a wonderful interaction with the Shramjeevis who have been involved in the making of the Parliament.PM Narendra Modi
We are proud of their efforts and will always remember their contribution to our nation.
This morning, I had the honour of unveiling the National Emblem cast on the roof of the new Parliament.PM Narendra Modi
Lok Sabha Secretariat:
The Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Om Birla met PM Narendra Modi today & requested him to lay Foundation Stone of new Parliament Building. Prime Minister has agreed to lay the foundation stone on 10 December 2020.
The extant Parliament House, a Grade–I Heritage Building was built 93yrs ago in 1927.
Building having been witness to evolution of democracy in India has not been in a good condition for some time now. It has limited space & it is challenging to update it with modern facilities.
Number of Lok Sabha Members is likely to go up in next few years in view of proposed delimitation of Lok Sabha Constituencies.
In such a scenario, It will be difficult to create space for seating additional Members. This has necessitated construction of new Parliament Building.
The new Parliament Building, set into four floors will have a total built-up area of approx. 64500 sq meters.
The project costing 971 crore rupees was approved on 15 June 2020. The contract for construction has been given to Tata Projects Limited.
In the new Parliament Building, Lok Sabha Chamber will be located at the ground floor & will accommodate 888 Members, while the Rajya Sabha Chamber will seat 384 Members.
Moreover, during Joint Sessions, 1224 Members will be able to sit in the Chamber.
Around 800 Chambers for MPs will be constructed on Red Cross Road, near Shram Shakti Bhavan and Parivahan Bhavan. The construction will commence in April 2022 & will be completed by March 2024.
In 2022, on 75th anniversary of Independence, Session to be held in new Parliament. The present building will continue to be in use.
The two buildings will complement each other. Due care will be taken to preserve heritage character of extant premises during construction work.
Om Birla – Lok Sabha Speaker:
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will perform Bhumi pujan of the new Parliament building on 10 December.
Construction work is likely to be completed by October 2022.
On 75th anniversary of our Independence, Session will be held in the new Parliament.
The present building will continue to be in use even after the construction of the new one.
Due care will be taken to preserve the heritage character of the extant premises during construction work.
Efforts are being made to ensure that visibility of the Original Parliament is not obscured by the construction of the new Building.
All existing statues in the Parliament House Complex will be relocated in a befitting manner.