Indian Navy Unveils New Admirals’ Epaulettes Inspired by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

New Delhi: The Indian Navy has unveiled a new design for its Admirals’ epaulettes, drawing inspiration from the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and marking a significant break from its colonial past. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced this change on Navy Day, December 4th, stating that the new epaulettes will “reflect the legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.”

The epaulettes feature an octagon-shaped Rajmudra in red, representing an all-encompassing vision, with golden navy buttons denoting a commitment to overcoming the mindset of slavery. The design draws inspiration from Shivaji Maharaj’s Rajmudra.

Notably, the golden buttons replace the shoulder board, displaying the new naval ensign. The octagonal shape, introduced in the Navy’s ensign last year, signifies a break from colonial associations, embracing the national emblem atop an anchor with the motto ‘Sham Noh Varuna’ meaning “Be auspicious unto us Oh Varuna.”

The epaulettes showcase an Indian sword below the Rajmudra, symbolizing the cutting edge of national power and the resolve to win wars. The telescope, replacing the baton, forms a cross with the sword, emphasizing dominance and overcoming challenges.

In alignment with Indian traditions, the Prime Minister announced a renaming of naval ranks. This move towards indigenous symbolism was exemplified during the commissioning of INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s maritime legacy, with a fleet of 60 ships and strategic coastal forts, secured the coastline against external threats. Recognizing the importance of a robust navy, Shivaji Maharaj’s vision continues to inspire the Indian Navy’s evolution.

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