Nehru: Modi will do Ek Nehru, repeat 1947 ritual with ‘Sengol’ India News – Times of India

Chennai: PM Narendra Modi India’s first PM will follow in the footsteps of Jawaharlal Nehru When he receives a golden scepter (in ‘Sengol’ tamil) on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Parliament House on 28 May.
Marking the transfer of power in 1947, Nehru received the ‘Sengol’ from the sub-pontiff of the Thiruvaduthurai ‘Adhinam’. This time, priests from 20 ‘adhinams’ (non-Brahmin Shaivite monasteries in Tamil Nadu) will preside over the rituals. They will hand over the ‘sengol’ to Modi at 7.20 am after a 20-minute ‘homam’ or ‘havan’. Modi will then install it on a pedestal to the right of the speaker’s chair.
Home Minister Amit Shah said, “‘Sengol’ represents the values ​​of fair and just governance.” “It will shine near the Lok Sabha Speaker’s podium as a national symbol of the ‘Amrit Kaal’, an era that will see a new India taking its rightful place in the world.”
In 1947, ‘Sengol’ was created on the advice of C Rajagopalachari, the last Governor General of India, when Nehru asked his cabinet how the transfer of power from the British should be marked. Rajaji referred to the ancient Chola custom of ‘Rajguru’ handing over the scepter to the king on his coronation. Jeweler Vammudi Bangaru Chetty of Madras was entrusted with the task of making the ‘Sengol’ in four weeks.
On August 14, viceroy mountbatten Just before he left for Parliament House to deliver the historic “Tryst with Destiny” speech on the intervening night of 14–15 August 1947, he handed over the scepter to Tamil pundits, who purified it and handed it over to Prime Minister Nehru at his home. Gave. ,
For decades, the scepter was forgotten. It lay in a dusty box in the Allahabad Museum, wrongly labeled as a gold bar gifted to Nehru. This time, PM Modi will carry the scepter along with the Lok Sabha Speaker to the new Parliament House. About Birla and the priests of Tamil Nadu.
Dignitaries including Thiruvaduthurai ‘adheenam’ Sri La Sri Ambalavan Desika Paramacharya Swamigal and mutt heads will stand in the center of the hall when the prime minister will install the scepter on a specially designed pedestal.
At least 31 members of ‘Adhinam’ will leave from Chennai for New Delhi in two batches by chartered flights. He will be felicitated by Modi at his 7 Lok Kalyan Marg residence ahead of the May 28 function.