A'sarva dharma prarthana' (multi-faith prayer) event was performed on Sunday at the new Parliament building, and among those in attendance were Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Speaker of the Lok Sabha Om Birla, as well as other Union Ministers and chief ministers of numerous states.
Today, PM Modi put the historic emblem Sengol beside the Lok Sabha Speaker's chair in the new Parliament Building as part of its dedication to the nation.
At the event were BJP President J P Nadda, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, and S Jaishankar.
The religious leaders performed prayers at the sarva-dharma prarthana in a variety of languages.
A traditional 'pooja' with Vedic ceremonies, which would last for an hour, started the event. The “Ganapati Homam” ritual was done by PM Modi to ask the gods to bless the opening of the new Parliament building.
There will be two stages to the inauguration.
In a pandal (canopy) next to the Gandhi statue in Parliament, the pooja was being performed.
Adheenams gave PM Modi the historic “Sengol” before it was installed in the new Parliament building.
In a show of reverence, PM Modi bowed before the “Sengol” during the event and asked the Adheenams (priests) from different Tamil Nadu temples for their blessing.
He then marched to the new Parliament building while singing Vedic chants while carrying the 'Sengol'.
Then he placed the revered “Sengol” right next to the Speaker's seat in the Lok Sabha chamber.
Before being installed, the “Sengol” was dedicated by Adheenams in the midst of Vedic chanting.
PM Modi decided to designate “Sengol” as the Amrit Kaal's official national emblem.
This is the identical Sengol that Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, received at his home on the evening of August 14 in front of a number of influential people.
He also expressed his gratitude to some of the employees who contributed to the creation and construction of the new Parliament building.
888 members of the Lok Sabha will be able to sit thanks to the new Parliament building.There is space in the current Parliament building for 543 Lok Sabha members to meet and 250 Rajya Sabha members to meet.
Plans have been developed for a gathering of 888 Lok Sabha members and 384 Rajya Sabha members in the newly built Parliament complex, taking future needs into consideration. The Lok Sabha Chamber will be the location of the joint session of both Houses.