The Fascinating Reason Behind The 21 Guns Salute At Republic Day

The Fascinating Reason Behind The 21 Guns Salute At Republic Day
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The Indian Republic Day is celebrated with a lot of discipline and galore.There are many events that take place in the parade and one such event that the people of our country love to see is 21- guns salute which is given to the President of India.

Ever wondered why this custom takes place year after year? Well, this is the solution to this question.

Read on to know why does this custom of 21 guns takes place in our Republic Day parade.

 

Intriguing

Intriguing

One of the customs that take place on the Republic Day is the 21guns salute and the reason behind it is very intriguing.

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Their Timing

Their Timing
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21 guns are fired at a gap of almost 2.25 seconds throughout the entire 52 seconds of the national anthem in three successive rounds of 7 guns each.

Started back in the 17th Century

Started back in the 17th Century
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In the 17th century, to show that the British warships were entering enemy waters with a peaceful intent, they used to fire ammunitions in symmetry.

Between The Warships

Between The Warships
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During that period, it so happened once that a British vessel was carrying 7 weapons in accordance with the biblical significance of the number seven. So, in order to show peaceful intent, seven shells were fired in the sea from the warship.

It's an honour

It's an honour
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Since after the 17th century, it has now become the greatest national honour of the Indian soil.

Pre - Independence Era

Pre - Independence Era
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During the pre-independence era, 19 guns and 17 guns salute was given to kings and head of princely states like Jammu and Kashmir.

Throughout the week of Republic Day celebrations, 7 guns are fired twice on Martyrs Day (Jan 30) as a mark of respect for those brave soldiers who laid their lives for the country.

Throughout the week of Republic Day celebrations, 7 guns are fired twice on Martyrs Day (Jan 30) as a mark of respect for those brave soldiers who laid their lives for the country.
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