A flag is an honor, respect, and necessity for all nations. Millions of people have died for it. The Indian national flag or the national flag of India is a rectangular tricolor of saffron, white and green, with a 24-spoke wheel or Ashoka Chakra at its center. The flag was adopted during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly which was held on 22 July 1947 and on 15 August 1947 and gradually became the official flag of India. Here are some very interesting facts about Indian national flag you must know.
Interesting facts about Indian National Flag –
- The national flag of India was designed by Pingali Venkayya, an agriculturist and Indian freedom fighter.
- Indian national flag is made of khadi. Khadi is a type of hand-spun cloth of cotton or silk which was made popular by Mahatma Gandhi.
- The Indian flag for the first time was hoisted on 7 August 1906 by Sacchindra Prasad Bose at Parsi Bagan Square in Calcutta. The flag had religious symbols with Vande Matram inscribed on it.
- After some changes, the second Indian flag was hoisted by Madam Bhikaji Cama at the second Socialist International summit in Stuttgart, Germany. She was the first person to hoist the Indian Flag on foreign soil.
- The flag has a ratio of 2:3, where the length of the flag is 1.5 times that of the width and all three stripes of the flag – Saffron, White, and Green. Also, the chakra is printed on both sides of the flag.
- The national flag comes in nine different sizes in which the Indian flag is made. The smallest one is 6×4 inches and the biggest one is hoisted on forts with 21×8 feet.
- The Ashok Chakra at the center of the flag represents the Laws of Dharma i.e. righteousness. The Ashoka Chakra on the national flag is from the Lion Capital of Ashoka.
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Facts about Indian National Flag
- The size of the Ashoka Chakra was not framed in the Flag Code, but the Ashoka Chakra must have twenty-four spokes that are equally spaced. The Ashoka Chakra is navy-blue in color and is on the white stripe of the flag.
- The national flag of India is also known by the term ‘tricolor’ or ‘Tiranga’ in Hindi. The reason for this is the three dominant colors in the flag: saffron, white, and green.
- The three colors have a different meaning:Saffron represents sacrifice and courage.
White represents purity, truth, and peace.
Green represents prosperity.