Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the flame of the immortal soldier, was erected under the India Gate to commemorate Indian soldiers killed in the India-Pakistan war for the liberation of Bangladesh. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 26 January 1972. Since its installation, Amar Jawan Jyoti has served as India’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier martyred in the defense of their country.
Amar Jawan Jyoti is manned round the clock by soldiers drawn from the three services of the Indian armed forces. The man pictured here is tasked with cleaning the tomb every morning. He removes his footwear before climbing on top of the red granite pedestal with his bucket of water and mop. Cleans the pedestal with the mop and then wipes the black marble plinth, on which the reversed rifle capped by war helmet is placed, clean of the last speck of dust. After having cleaned the Amar Jawan Jyoti , he goes around it spraying water and moping the floor clean before handing over the responsibility of the tomb back to the armed guards.