The Iconic Mughal Gardens Are Now Renamed As Amrit Udyan, To Be Open On Sunday For General Public

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
The Iconic Mughal Gardens Are Now Renamed As Amrit Udyan, To Be Open On Sunday For General Public

The iconic gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan will now be known as ‘Amrit Udyan’. The gardens, which are a beautiful interpretation of the traditional gardens of the Mughals, were known as Mughal gardens. India’s honourable President Draupadi Murmu renamed the gardens as a part of the “Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” festivities. These festivities mark 75 years of India’s independence. She also announced that people would be allowed to visit these iconic gardens on Sunday. 

Mughal Gardens Are Renamed As Amrit Udyan

Mughal Gardens in Delhi will now be known as Amrit Udyan, which is the name given by India’s President. The official website of the Rashtrapati Bhavan also updated the name to Amrit Udyan. The Rashtrapati Bhavan has three gardens that were modelled after Persian and Mughal gardens. The garden that was modelled after a similar one in Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir, came to be known as the “Mughal Gardens” by both the general public and the authorities. But “Mughal Gardens” was never formally given to the gardens.

Additionally, she stated that the gardens would open to the public on Sunday and would be open for almost two months this time, from January 31 to March 26. In addition to this, she said, a few days have been set aside just for women, farmers, and differently abled people. The gardens used to be open to the general public only during the annual festival, Udyan Utsav. 

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The Soul Of The Presidential Palace

 The Amrit Udyan is spread across 15 acres of land and is known, very rightly, as the soul of the Presidential Palace. It drew its inspiration from the gardens around the Taj Mahal, miniature paintings of India and Persia; and the Mughal gardens of Jammu & Kashmir. The gardens formed the third circuit of the Rashtrapati Bhavan tour. According to the website, it will now be open to the public from August to March.

Although Sir Edwin Lutyens finished Amrit Udyan’s designs in 1917, plantings did not begin until 1928-1929. William Mustoe, the director of horticulture, worked with him on the gardens. Sambit Patra, a BJP spokesperson, praised the “historic decision” of the BJP-led Center and stated that “Amrit Kaal” needed to “get out of the slavery mentality” (golden era). 

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