The five-decades-old tradition of marking the celebrations at the Parade Grounds in Secunderabad, the Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao tody hoisted the national flag at the historic Golconda Fort.
The move has come as the aspiration of the first elected CM of the newly formed state towards the rich cultural heritage of Telangana. He drove to the Golconda Fort after paying tributes to martyrs at a memorial at Parade Grounds. He hoisted the tricolour at the colourful observance with the royal fort in the backdrop.
Chief Minister unfurled the national flag on a 62 feet tall pole from a makeshift platform close to the iconic Taramati mosque at 9.30 a.m. amid playing of national anthem.
Mr. Rao inspected a couple of contingents of police and was presented a guard of honour before he unfurled the flag. He addressed the gathering later, as due to lack of space, the traditional parade and demonstration by tableaux were omitted.
The Golconda fort on the fringes of the city was the capital of Qutub Shahi kingdom from 1518 to 1687. The fort was built by Kaktiyas of Warangal during 10th century as a mud fort and was fortified by Qutub Shahis.