Teen Murti Bhawan (Nehru Memorial Museum)
¤ Home of Pt.Jawaharlal Nehru
This one is a beauty and somehow special because it was the home of
Jawaharlal Nehru, Indias first and most-loved Prime Minister.
Formerly called Flagstaff House, it used to be the house of the
British Commander-in-Chief. This palatial house, second only to the
Viceroys, suited the Anglicized taste of the Harrow-educated
Prime Minister who lived here from 1948 till his death in1964.
¤ Erected In An Austere Classical Style
The building stands directly south of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Situated at
a major rond-point (in simple English a roundabout at a road
intersection), it was designed by Robert Tor Russell who was part of
Lutyens team. The teen murti or three statues of soldiers on the
roundabout give the building its name.
Teen Murti Bhawan is a handsome building faced in stone and stucco in
an austere classical style. It was carefully placed in the city to
reflect the importance of military power to the Viceroy. In 1948,
eighteen years after its completion, it became the residence of Pandit
Jawaharlal Nehru. On his death in May 1964 it was preserved as a
museum and research library in his memory. The house retains many of
his personal belongings like the watch on his bedside table.
¤ The Picturesque Location
The house is set amid large beautifully maintained gardens with a
charming rose walk. It is here that Nehru plucked his trademark
buttonhole each morning. Nearby is the Jawahar Jyoti , the eternal
flame, lit on his birthday in 1964. Adjacent on a rock is his epitaph.
Kushk Mahal, a hunting lodge built during the reign of Feroze Shah
Tughlaq is on a mound just behind the main building. The Nehru
Planetarium is also in the same compound.
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