Independence Day 2022: India’s 75th Independence Day is fast approaching and preparations to celebrate “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” are in full swing. Therefore, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Independence Day, let’s review some significant and historical items that represent India. Speaking of significant elements that represent India, one of the prominent symbols is the Ashoka Chakra seen on the Indian national flag rendered in a navy blue color on a white background.Also Read – Independence Day 2022: 10 Crucial Facts About India’s National Anthem
Here are some interesting facts about the Ashoka Chakra:
- The Ashoka Chakra is a representation of the Dharmachakra – a wheel depicted with 24 spokes.
- The Ashoka Chakra appears in the middle of the tricolor and has twenty-four rays. It was adopted on July 22, 1947.
- Ashoka Chakra is also called the wheel of duty.
- The most visible use of the Ashoka Chakra today is in the center of the flag of India where it is rendered in a navy blue color on a white background, replacing the charkha (spinning wheel) symbol of pre-independence versions of the flag. .
- The idea of the spinning wheel or chakra was put forward by Lala Hansraj, and Gandhi commissioned Pingali Venkayya to design a flag on a red and green banner.
- The wheel is called Ashoka Chakra because it appears on a number of Ashoka’s edicts, the most important of which is the lion capital of Ashoka.
- Each spoke on the chakra symbolizes a principle of life and also the twenty-four hours of the day, which is why it is also called the “Wheel of Time”.
- The chakra was modeled after the “wheel of dharma”, a religious motif of Hinduism, Jainism and especially Buddhism.
- But, later, the makers of the flag instead assigned a meaning to each ray – each represented a value that India would use to advance in the world.
- Some of the twenty-four principles the rays represent are – love, courage, patience, self-sacrifice, truthfulness, righteousness, spiritual knowledge, morality, welfare, industry, faith and prosperity, among others.