Mughal Gardens At Delhi’s Rashtrapati Bhavan Will Now Be Known With A New Name
As part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” festivities, the gardens at the President’s official residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan, have been given a common name. Bulldozers were used to remove the outdated “Mughal Gardens” road sign and haul it away.
“On the occasion of the celebrations of 75 years of Independence as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the President of India has given a common name to the Rashtrapati Bhavan gardens as Amrit Udyan,” Deputy Press Secretary to the President Navika Gupta said.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan has three gardens that were modelled by Persian and Mughal gardens. The garden that was modelled after a similar one in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, came to be known as the “Mughal Gardens” by both the general public and the authorities. But “Mughal Gardens” was never formally given to the gardens.
Amrit Udyan, which covers 15 acres, is frequently referred to as the presidential palace’s heart.
According to the Rashtrapati Bhavan website, Amrit Udyan is inspired by the Mughal Grounds in Jammu & Kashmir, the gardens surrounding the Taj Mahal, and even miniature paintings of India and Persia.
“The Amrit Udyan had up till now been opened for the public only during the annual festival, Udyan Utsav, held in the months of February-March. But the gardens, which forms the third circuit of the Rashtrapati Bhavan tour, will now be open for the public from August till March,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s website says.
“Welcome and thank President Droupadi Murmu ji for renaming the iconic gardens at the President House as Amrit Udyan. This new name not only shreds yet another symbol of colonial relic but also reflects India’s aspirations for the amrit kaal,” Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.
The old road sign that said “Mughal Gardens” was removed with a bulldozer and a new board that said “Amrit Udyan” was installed.
This time, the gardens will be open for about two months for the public, starting January 31.