News2News.in Explainer:The Prime Minister of the country will inaugurate the new Parliament House on 28 May. Many opposition parties are opposing this ceremony saying that the inauguration of the new Parliament House should be done by Her Excellency the President. The protesting parties include Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party and other parties. But, to defeat the opposition, the Modi government has played a new bet. The Modi government has tried to corner the opposition by bringing in the Sengol (scepter) that India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru received 15 minutes before independence. In today’s News2News.in Explainer, we will know what Sangol is and why it is in the news these days.
Home Minister Amit Shah told a press conference on Wednesday, May 24, that a learned pundit from Tamil Nadu would give sengol to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the inauguration of the new parliament. Sengol is a kind of scepter, which was handed over to Pandit Nehru at the midnight of 15 August 1947.
what is sengol
The word Sengol is derived from the Tamil word Semmai, which means righteousness. In common language, it is called following the rules. This scepter is made of silver, on which a layer of gold is mounted. Lord Shiva’s vehicle Nandi is sitting on top of the scepter. This scepter is 5 feet long. It has special blessings from the main religious monastery of Tamil Nadu. Sengol will be installed near the Speaker’s seat in the Lok Sabha of the new Parliament House. The scepter will also be taken out on some special occasions, so that the public can also know its importance.
Sengol a symbol of just and fair governance
Whoever gets this scepter is expected to rule fairly and justly. The person who receives the Sengol is commanded to rule justly and fairly
Sengol in history
The Sengol scepter has been in use in India since the Maurya Empire itself. It was first used in the Maurya Empire, then in the Gupta Empire, Chola Empire and then in the Vijayanagara Empire. It is said that the Mughals and the British also used it.
Nehru got the scepter 15 minutes before independence
According to historical documents, in the Tamil tradition, the Rajaguru used to present a scepter to the new king on his assumption of power. Carrying forward this Tamil tradition, Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, on 14 August 1947, exactly 15 minutes before 12 midnight, gave the scepter to Mountbatten by the head of the Thiruvaduthurai Adhinam Mutt in Tamil, after which Mountbatten handed over the scepter after a prayer. Presented to the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
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where was sengol till now
After independence, this scepter was kept in the Anand Bhawan Museum in Allahabad. It is also the ancestral residence of the Nehru family. In the 1960s, it was converted into a museum there. Shankaracharya mentioned this in his book in 1975. Subsequently in 1978, the Maha Periyava (senior knower) of Kanchi Mutt narrated this incident to one of his disciples. Later this incident was also published.
how did you get sengol
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was told about this historic Sengol about one and a half years ago. Then the Prime Minister started getting it investigated. It was searched in museums across the country and this scepter was found in the Allahabad Museum in Prayagraj. On the occasion of the inauguration of the new Parliament, it will be handed over to PM Modi with full legality.