Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 23 January 2016 hoisted the largest flag of the country atop the tallest pole at Pahari Mandir in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
The flag is 66 feet in height, 99 feet in width and hoisted on a 293 feet-tall pole.
The flag is crafted from parachute cloth and has enough clippings to ensure strong winds do not blow it away. The mast sits on around nine feet diameter pedestal fitted with rock anchors.
The project took more than 120 workers and 40 days to put up the flag post, which cost an estimated 1.25 crore rupees, of which 44 lakh rupees was spent on the flag alone.
The flag surpassed the previous record set by the 96 feet x 64 feet tricolour hoisted in Faridabad in 2015 on a 250 feet-high pole. This flag was unveiled to mark the National Defence Day.
Historical significance of the flag’s site
• The flagpost is situated at the Pahari temple, located atop the 250-foot-high Pahadi Hill in the heart of Ranchi.
• The site was earlier known as Phansi Tongri.
• It was where freedom fighters were hung by the British during the independence movement.
• Locals hoist the national flag there every January 26 and August 15 in tribute to the slain martyrs.
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When: 23 January 2016