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Some Interesting Facts about our flag

Everyone knows that THE NATIONAL FLAG OF INDIA is in tricolour (TIRANGA) of deep saffron (Kesari) at the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom in equal proportions. Some of the facts which are interesting to teach are lil ones are

  1. The year 1931 was a landmark in the history of our flag. A resolution was passed to adopt a tricolored flag as our national flag. The Indian flag is a horizontal tricolour in equal proportion of deep saffron on the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom with Mahatma Gandhi’s spinning wheel at the centre. The ratio of the width to the length of the flag is two is to three.
  2. On 1947, the Free India National Flag with the Dharma veer Charkha of Emperor Asoka was adopted in place of the spinning wheel as the emblem of the flag in the centre of the white band.
  3. Wheel is in navy blue indicates the Law of Dharma, the wheel of law in the Sarnath Lion Capital. This centre symbol or the ‘CHAKRA’ is a Buddhist symbol dating back to 200th century BC.
  4. Diameter of chakra is approximately equal to the width of the white band and it has 24 spokes which represents the Dharma is applicable 24 hours in a Day in all 24 states (at that time).
  5. Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha based in Hubli is the only licensed flag production and supply unit in India.
  6. Interpreting the colours chosen for the national flag is “The saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness of political leaders towards material gains in life. The white depicts enlightenment, lighting the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green symbolises our relation to the soil, to the plant life here on which all other life depends”.
  7. The largest flag size is 21 × 14 ft is flown by the government of Maharashtra a top the Mantralaya building, the state administrative headquarters.
  8. Only Khadi or hand-spun cloth may be used in the production of the flag, restricted to cotton, silk and wool. The guidelines also prescribe exactly 150 threads per square centimeter, four threads per stitch, and one square foot should weigh exactly 205 grams.
  9. Once woven, the Fabric is ready it is sent to the material BIS laboratories for testing. After stringent quality testing the flag, if approved, returns to the factory, then bleached and dyed into the respective colors. In the center, they screen print, stencil or suitably embroider the Ashoka Chakra. Care also has to be taken that the chakra matches and remains completely visible on both sides. The BIS then checks for the colors and only then can the flag be sold.
  10. Each year, Indians purchase around forty million flags.
  11. The government of Maharashtra flies the largest flag in India (6.3 × 4.2 m) atop the Mantralaya building, the state administrative headquarters.

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