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Journey of our National Flag – Independence Day Facts

Our National Flag as we know today wasn’t adopted until 1947. Here is how our flag evolved:

– 1906: The first national flag in India is said to have been hoisted on August 7, 1906, in the Parsee Bagan Square (Green Park) in Calcutta now Kolkata. It is a horizontal tricolor of dark blue, yellow and red. The upper blue stripe has 8 stars of different points. These represented the various state of bloom of lotus flower. The middle yellow stripe has “Vande Mataram” written in Devanagari script. The lower red strip has a sun and a star and a crescent on each end.

– 1907: The second flag was hoisted in Paris by Madame Cama and her band of exiled revolutionaries in 1907. The 8 stars-lotus in these flags represented the 8 provinces of British India. There are other variations of these flags. One such flag had all the stars, sun, star and crescent hand embroidered.

– 1917: The third flag went up in 1917 when our political struggle had taken a definite turn. DR. ANNIE BESANT and LOKMANYA TILAK hoisted it during the Home rule movement. 1921: During the session of the All India Congress Committee which met at Bezwada in 1921 (now Vijayawada) Pingali Venkayya prepared a flag and took it to Gandhiji. It was made up of two colors-red and green-representing the two major communities i.e. Hindus and Muslims. Gandhiji suggested the addition of a white strip to represent the remaining communities of India and the spinning wheel to symbolize progress of the Nation.

– 1931: A landmark in the history of the flag. A resolution was passed adopting a tricolor flag as our national flag. This flag, the forbear of the present one, was saffron, white and green with Mahatma Gandhi’s spinning wheel at the center. It was, however, clearly stated that it bore no communal significance and was to be interpreted thus.

– July 22, 1947: The Constituent Assembly adopted it as Free India National Flag. After the advent of Independence, the colors and their significance remained the same. Only the Dharma Charkha of Emperor Asoka was adopted in place of the spinning wheel as the emblem on the flag. Thus, the tricolor flag of the Congress Party eventually became the tricolor flag of Independent India.

– Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha based in Hubli is the only licensed flag production and supply unit in India.

– The largest flag (21 × 14 ft) is flown by the government of Maharashtra atop the Mantralaya building, the state administrative headquarters.

– In 1971, the Indian flag went into space on board Apollo-15. It flew into space as a medallion on the spacesuit worn by Cosmonaut Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, during the Indo-Soviet joint space flight in April 1984Journey OF National Flag

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Cheers to the success of ‘Paint your own Elephant’ contest!

On 20th Oct 2013 in a first ever alliance, The Bombay Store tied up with Elephant Parade to support the cause of Asian Elephant Conservation and became the first Indian Retail Brand to be associated with Elephant Parade.

As a part of the same, we had conducted a “Paint your Own Elephant” contest online from 20th Oct to 30th Nov 2013. We take immense pride in sharing with you all that we received tremendous participation for the contest across India. Young and old, one and all participated in the contest with great enthusiasm.

It’s a very happy feeling to receive abundant support for the cause of Asian Elephant conservation and we would like to thank all the participants for being a part of the contest.

Bring home the colours of India with our I LOVE INDIA collection

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This special range is inspired by classic folk symbols of Indian art, culture and people. The designs portray the vibrancy and youthfulness of Indian folk art. This exquisite range products includes The Assamese Women, The Rajasthani Couple, The Bengali Girl and Kerala’s Famous Kathakali mask, which represent the diversity of the Indian people and their traditions and cultures. Giving a twist and a contemporary feel to the graphics, each image is representative of the significance of the respective regions – Bengal is famous for the proliferation of tigers in the Sunderbans, the Assamese for their distinctive and colourful traditional costumes, the classic hand block print designs of Rajasthan and the unique dance form of Kerala.

 These striking designs are used on a range of products like Clocks, Coasters, Fridge magnet, Bags, Mugs, Shot glasses – blending the traditional with the contemporary.

 This exciting new range is available at all the outlets of The Bombay Store – PM Road – Mumbai, High Street Phoenix – Mumbai, Inorbit Malad – Mumbai, Inorbit Vashi – Mumbai, Inorbit Pune – Pune, Banjara Hills – Hyderabad, Prozone Mall – Aurangabad,   Panjim – Goa

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