World’s largest Charkha (spinning wheels) was unveiled at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), New Delhi by Union Minister for MSME Kalraj Mishra on 5 July 2016.
The idea behind displaying the world’s biggest charkha at the country’s busiest airport is to highlight India’s quest to foster an egalitarian society as demonstrated by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.
Aim behind Installation
The Charkha was installed at the departure forecourt of the terminal with a belief that it would help in carrying forward the legacy of promoting India’s rich cultural heritage through different artworks at the terminal.
All the existing artworks at the terminal - Mudras, Regal procession, Elephant statues, Surya Sculpture, Suryanamaskar and Worli Art among others - depict and showcase Indian heritage globally.
About the Charkha
• The Charkha that weighs 4-tonnes is made from high-quality Burma teak wood.
• It is 9 ft wide, 17 ft tall and 30 ft long.
• It is estimated that the Charkha would last for over 50 years.
• It was built in 55 days by a team of 42 highly skilled carpenters hailing from Ahmedabad.
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When: 5 July 2016