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India’s Presidential Palace’s Mughal Gardens Renamed ‘Amrit Udyan’

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Mughal Gardens, Now Renamed Amrit Udyan (Photo/Mint)

According to a statement released on Saturday, the renowned Mughal Gardens that serve as the presidential gardens will henceforth be named “Amrit Udya.”

The president of India, Droupadi Murma, has renamed the Presidential gardens from Mughal Gardens to ‘Amrit Udya’. 

This comes on the occasion of the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence. As ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the President of India is pleased to give a familiar name to the Presidential Palace gardens as ‘Amrit Udyan’,” Navika Gupta, Deputy Press Secretary to the President, said in the statement.

The officials said that the purpose of changing the names of historically significant places is in line with the centre’s effort to remove any trace of the colonial mindset in the country.

Persian gardens inspired the Mughal Gardens. These gardens are shared among Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. 

According to Presidential Palace’s website, Mughal Gardens draw its inspiration from the Mughal Gardens in Jammu and Kashmir, the gardens around the Taj Mahal and even miniature paintings of India and Persia.

The Mughals were known to appreciate gardens. In Babur Nama, Babur says that his favourite kind of garden is the Persian char bagh style (literally, four parks). The char bagh structure was intended to represent an earthly utopia – jannat – in which humans co-exist perfectly with all elements of nature.

The President of India, Draupadi Murmu, also announced the opening of the Amrit Udyan (Mughal Gardens) on her official tweeter.

The gardens are open to the public once a year, this time, the gardens will be available for about two months to the public, starting January 31, said the officials.

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