Bharat Ratna and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday is being celebrated as Good Governance Day across the country today. Several programmes are being organised to mark the occasion. The Samadhi of Bharat Ratna and Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee – Sadaiv Atal was dedicated to the Nation today.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes at the Samadhi this morning. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, BJP president Amit Shah, several Union Ministers, family members of the late Prime Minister also paid their homage.
Emphasizing Unity in Diversity, stones from various parts of the country have been used in the construction of Samadhi near Rajghat in New Delhi. The central Samadhi platform comprises nine square blocks, capped with a Diya in the centre.
The number nine holds significance and represents the navarasas, navaratnas and navagrahas. The placement of the nine square Samadhi is in a circular lotus shaped pattern. The Samadhi has been completed at a cost of over ten crore rupees and the entire cost of construction has been borne by the Atal Smriti Nyas Society.