10 Lesser Known Facts About Our Indian National Flag

Independence Day is here and all of us have learned four things about our National Flag from our childhood. Saffron stands for renunciation, disinterestedness, courage and sacrifice. White symbolizes truth, peace and purity. Green represents prosperity, vibrancy and life. And fourth one is that Ashok Chakra (wheel) represents the righteousness, progress and perpetuity. Let me tell you some unknown or lesser known facts about our National Flag.

1 – Our national flag as we know today wasn’t adopted until 1947. There were in total 5 different flags till 1947 until the final one was introduced in 1947 when India got it’s freedom.

2 – Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha based in Hubli, Karnataka is the only licensed Indian Flag production and supply unit in India.

3 – The present design of Flag was made by an Agriculturist and Indian Freedom Fighter Pingali Venkayya in the year 1921. Formally adopted on 22nd July, 1921.

4 – The Khadi Cloth is only allowed to manufacture our national flag. If any other material used instead of Khadi is considered as a punishable offence as per laws of our country.

5 – The government approves on 9 different sizes of our national flag. They are (in mm) 6300 x 4200, 3600 x 2400, 2700 x 1800, 1800 x 1200, 1350 x 900, 900 x 600, 450 x 300, 255 x 150 and 150 x 100.

6 – The world’s ‘largest and tallest’ Indian Flag was unveiled by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on March 3, 2015 in Faridabad, Haryana. He was accompanied by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor.
Faridabad: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, BJP National President Amit Shah  and Bollywood Actor Ranbir Kapoor inaugurating a 250 ft tricolour, in Faridabad on Tuesday. PTI Photo(PTI3_3_2015_000121B)


7 – Our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted National Flag on Red Fort highest number of times. He hoisted our flag for 17 times.

8 – When Indian Flag is Flown on the Indian territory during any summit or event along with flags of other countries, the general rule is that the Indian Flag must be the starting point of all the flags.

9 – The Flag shall not be used as a portion of costume or uniform of any description nor shall it be embroidered or printed upon Cushions, Handkerchiefs, Sarees, Napkins or any Dress Material. There was a controversy over the same when Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat was booked for insulting the national flag as she posed for a picture wearing Indian Flag.


10 – You are not allowed to write anything on our National Flag. It is considered as an offence and disrespect towards the flag. Lettering of any kind shall not be put on the Indian Flag.

Hope you all liked these few unknown and lesser known facts about our National Flag.

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