Swarnim Vijay Varsha Vijay Jyoti was taken to Indira Point, the southernmost tip of the country, on August 22, 2021, as a part of its visit to the Nicobar Islands. Armed Forces personnel of Andaman and Nicobar Command hoisted the national flag on the occasion and also collected soil from here to make the important occasion memorable. The journey of Vijay Jyoti is from north to south across the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Which reminds of the spirit of the Golden Victory Year. Swarnim Vijay is being celebrated to commemorate 50 years of India’s historic victory in the 1971 war.
Part of Andaman and Nicobar of India
Indira Point falls under the Nicobar District and Great Nicobar Tehsil of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands state of India. Administratively it is under Laxminagar Panchayat. There is only one lighthouse here which was inaugurated on 30 April 1972. It is located in the very south of India and it is also called the last point of India.
It is named after the former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi. The Light House of Indira Point serves to illuminate the ships going to Malaysia and Malacca via India. Indira Point is a small village located on Campbell Bay, which is also known as ‘Mini Punjab’ because there was a Gurudwara. Campbell Bay is said to be one of the most mysterious places in India.
A story related to Lord Rama
The Bay of Bengal looks quite calm from Indira Point, but strong waves keep rising in the Bay of Mannar. There is a story behind this that when Lord Shri Ram was asking for a way from the sea, he refused, then in anger, Shri Ram lifted the bow to dry the sea. Samudra accepted his mistake and gave way to Shri Ram’s army. Since then the sea on one side is calm and on the other side, there is the turmoil of waves. Ram Setu has been built on this path.
Tsunami caused havoc
Indira Point was earlier known as Pygmalion Point and Parsons Point. On 19 February 1984, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi came here, a local MP had talked about changing the name of this place. It was named Indira Point on October 10, 1984, after the death of Indira Gandhi. Sri Lanka’s Talai Mannar Island is just 20 km away from Indira Point.
In December 2004, when an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Indian Ocean, the height of Indira Point was also reduced by 4.25 meters. According to the 2011 census, there are only 4 families living here, whose total population is only 27 and literacy is 85% here.
Very important place for india
This place is strategically very important for India. The country’s first command in Andaman and Nicobar is formed by merging the three armies. In the year 2015, the government started a number of projects here, whose purpose was to improve the mutual harmony between the three armies. At present, a 21 km long road is being built here. The Indian Navy and Coast Guard are constantly ready in this area.