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IN Lifestyle ON 23 Jan, 2016
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.
One of the customs that take place on the Republic Day is the 21guns salute and the reason behind it is very intriguing.
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.
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.
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.
Since after the 17th century, it has now become the greatest national honour of the Indian soil.
During the pre-independence era, 19 guns and 17 guns salute was given to kings and head of princely states like Jammu and Kashmir.