war memorial delhi

National War Memorial

National War Memorial Delhi is a tribute to the soldiers of the armed forces of India who have shown their great sacrifice to the nation. This war memorial is built by the Government of India and is inaugurated by the Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 25 February 2019. 

This memorial is especially built as a tribute to the soldiers of Indian Armed Forces who have martyr their lives in protecting our country India during various wars including the war of 1947, 1961 in Goa, India-Pakistan war in 1965, 1971, Siachen in 1987, Sri Lankan war in 1987-88 and Kargil.

This memorial is built near the India Gate and is covered into an area of 40 Acres of land. The total money spent on this memorial is 176 Crores.

The National War Memorial Project Overview:

  • The project was approved by the government in 2015 in the memory of 22500 soldiers who martyr post-independence.
  • The memorial is spread within an area of 40 Acres.
  • The names of soldiers are written on the walls of the memorial.
  • The main structure of the building is according to the Chakravyuh and is designed in the form of “CHAKRA”.
  • The structure of the memorial is in the form of 5(Five) circles in which each of the circles shows the values of the armed forces of India.
  • Granite and Sandstone are used in the construction of the memorial.

Design of the Memorial:

The war memorial is designed in the form of a Chakravyuh consisting of 5 (Five) circles conveying different meanings. The Four circles consist of:-

  1. Circle of Protection (Rakshak Chakra): 

This circle symbolizes the territorial control of the armed forces to protect the citizens of the country.

  1. Circle of War (Yudh Chakra):

This layer shows how Indian soldiers fought important wars in protecting the country.

  1. Circle of Sacrifice (Tyaag Chakra):

This layer of the national war memorial describes the sacrifices given by Indian Soldiers for the country.

  1. Circle of Bravery (Veerta Chakra):

This layer symbolizes the story of our brave Indian Soldiers who have shown great Valor during the wars.

  1. Circle of Immortality (Amar Chakra):

This circle shows the sacrifice of the lives of  Indian Soldiers during wars. At the middle of this circle, there is a 15-meter high obelisk that holds an “Amar Jawan Jyoti”.

How to reach the Memorial by Road:

  • Distance from IGI Airport-  20 Kilometers.
  • Distance from New Delhi Railway Station- 05 Kilometers.
  • Distance from ISBT Kashmere Gate- 8 Kilometers.
  • Distance from ISBT Anand Vihar- 14 Kilometers.

How to reach the Memorial by Metro Rail:

  • Violet Line Metro Route- Khan Market and Janpath.
  • Yellow Line Metro Route- Udhyog Bhawan Metro Station and Central Secretariat Metro Station.
  • Blue Line Metro Route- Mandi House and Pragati Maidan.

Nearest DTC Bus Stop:

  • Baroda House.

Tickets for the National War Memorial:

  • The Entry is Free for visiting the memorial 

National War Memorial Timings:

  • From April to October: 9 am to 6:40 pm.
  • From November to March: 9 am to 7:30 pm.

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