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From the historic Residency of Lucknow, site of key events of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, to Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace in Porbandar, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is gearing up to hoist the national flag at 150 of his memorials on Independence Day. , officials said Saturday. Apart from this, logistical work is also being done to illuminate 150 monuments in the tricolor theme, which is expected to begin in a few days.

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“Our national flag will be hoisted at ASI sites spread across the length and breadth of the country in true sense of India’s diversity and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. It will be hoisted at Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort in our Agra Circle. In Delhi, the tricolor will be hoisted at the ruins of Kotla Ferozshah and Purana Fort,” said a senior Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is not in the list of monuments where the national flag will be hoisted on August 15, an official told PTI.

The main Independence Day celebrations take place every year at the Red Fort where the Prime Minister hoists the national flag on the ramparts of the Mughal-era monument. Apart from Delhi’s Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The national flag will be hoisted at 150 heritage sites in India on Independence Day on the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, an ASI official said on Thursday.

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Freedom fighters and Padma awardees will attend the program and flag-hoisting ceremony, it said. The central government has launched the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign under which people are encouraged to hoist the tricolor at their homes as part of India’s 75 years of independence. The tricolor will be hoisted at other places including British Residency in Lucknow, Gulab Bari of Faizabad, Fort Vellore (Chennai Circle), Warangal Fort (Hyderabad Circle) and Fort, Chitradurga (Bangalore Circle), the official said.

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“Our national flag will also be hoisted at Gandhiji’s birthplace in Porbandar in Gujarat, Akhnoor Fort, Ramnagar Palace, the iconic Thikse Math in Leh, the Ajanta Ellora Caves site, the Harappan Dholavira site and many more,” the official said. The flags at these 150 locations will remain there until August 15, but it was not immediately determined whether they will be permanent, officials said.

Other sites include Daulatabad, Shergarh, Bhangarh, Jaisalmer Fort, Daman Fort, Diu Fort and Pavgarh. Regarding the illumination of 150 monuments, the official said that trials are underway at new locations. Hundreds of monuments were lit up when India’s Covid-19 vaccination program crossed the Rs 100-crore milestone, and this experience has come in handy, as we already know the exact pattern we need to match the architecture of the monument, the official added. For UNESCO World Heritage sites, area guidelines are followed, sources said.

There are a total of 3,693 heritage sites in India protected by ASI. Also, as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Union Ministry of Culture had announced free entry to all ASI-protected monuments and sites across the country from August 5 to 15 for domestic and foreign tourists.

Apart from flag-hoisting and lighting, 37 mandals of ASI will organize various programs like tree plantation drive, school ‘dialogue’, lectures and awareness raising among school children as part of the celebrations.

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