The largest Indian national flag was hoisted on Saturday (23rd January) at the historical 'Pahari Mandir' mansion by the Indian Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
While, the ‘Pahari Mandir’ mansion, which is over 100 years' old, is known for its historical temple of Lord Shiva, was also used by the British to hang freedom fighters. As a mark of respect to those freedom fighters, the national flag is traditionally raised at the temple every Republic Day and Independence Day. Importantly, the temple premises holds the distinction of being the only temple in the country to continue with the tradition of hoisting the national flag ever since the first Tricolour was unfurled here in the intervening night of August 14 and 15, 1947.
Explaining how the concept of the largest flag came into being, Ranchi sub-divisional officer (SDO), also the secretary of Ranchi Pahari Mandir Vikas Samati, Amit Kumar, said, “we were planning for renovation of the Mandir. Since, the national flag is traditionally hoisted here on every Indepedence Day and Republic Day, we thought why not make it a permanent and a grand feature. This happened in May”.
Incidentally, the sturdy 293-feet flagpole has been procured from the American multinational retail corporation Walmart’s India unit in Pune.
Nearly 40 workers were involved in preparing the flag and the entire work was done in Mumbai. The earliest tallest flag pole was in Faridabad, Haryana.