Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will hoist the flag at the Pahari temple in Ranchi. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das invited Parrikar for the event during a meeting in Delhi yesterday, the Chief Minister's Office said.

While the mast is 293-feet high, the flag will measure 99x66 feet. The previous highest flagpost at 250 ft is in Faridabad on the outskirts of the national capital, with the tricolour measuring 96X64 feet.

The project cost is Rs.1.25 crore, including Rs.44 lakh for the tricolour. The flag was put on public display yesterday at the Morabadi ground here.

According to people associated with the temple management, many freedom fighters were hanged by the British colonial rulers on the hill where the temple lies. The tricolour is hoisted at the temple every Republic Day and Independence Day. Now, it will be a permanent feature at the spot.

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