On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi erected the revered Sengol in the Lok Sabha chamber and officially opened the new Parliament building.
Om Birla, the speaker of the Lok Sabha, greeted Modi as he entered the Parliament building through Gate No. 1 while wearing traditional clothing.
The prime minister did ‘Ganapati Homam’ to ask Gods to bless the opening of the new Parliament building amid Vedic chants by priests from Karnataka’s Shringeri Math.
With the sacred sceptre in hand, the prime minister bowed before the Sengol and asked for blessings from the high priests of different “adheenams” throughout Tamil Nadu.
Modi then transported the Sengol to the new Parliament building in a procession while ‘nadaswaram’ music played and Vedic mantras were chanted, where he set it in a special enclosure to the right of the Speaker’s chair in the Lok Sabha chamber.
Several Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Mansukh Mandaviya, and Jitendra Singh, as well as BJP president J P Nadda and chief ministers of Assam and Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath and Himanta Biswa Sarma, were there.
The prime minister honoured several workers who were instrumental in creating the new Parliament building by giving them shawls and mementos.
An interfaith prayer service was also conducted to commemorate the event.
Later, the prime minister visited the historic Parliament House with the Speaker and a few other guests.
The new Parliament building, built by Tata Projects Ltd., would have a regal constitution hall to highlight India’s democratic legacy, an MPs’ lounge, a library, many committee rooms, dining areas and plenty of parking.
The four-story, triangular structure has a built-up area of 64,500 square metres.
The Gyan Dwar, Shakti Dwar, and Karma Dwar are the three primary entrances to the structure.
There will be several entrances for VIPs, lawmakers, and guests.
The new building’s materials came from diverse locations across the nation.
The red and white sandstone for the structure came from Sarmathura in Rajasthan, and the teakwood came from Nagpur in Maharashtra.
It was also reported that Sarmathura provided the sandstone for the national capital’s Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb.
The Tamil Nadu Adheenams gave PM Modi the historic ‘Sengol’ before it was later that day erected in the new Parliament building.
When the new Parliament building is being inaugurated, the prime minister bows in reverence before the “Sengol” during the event.
After the puja ritual, the Adheenam seers gave ‘Sengol’ to Prime Minister Modi, who then placed it next to the Lok Sabha Speaker’s chair in the new Parliament building.
At a’sarv-dharma’ prayer service taking place at the new Parliament building, PM Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Cabinet ministers, and others are present.
Prior to that, Modi congratulated the workers who contributed to the construction and development of the new Parliament House and unveiled the plaque to commemorate its inauguration.