Our Indian National Flag also known as the TRICOLOUR OF INDIA has an added colour which enhances its beauty. The navy blue coloured ashoka chakra in the centre of flag – the wheel which is the pride of every Indian.
The Ashoka Chakra is a depiction of the dharmachakra represented with 24 spokes. It is so called because it appears on a number of edicts of Ashoka, one of which is the Lion Capital of Ashoka. Ashoka Chakra today is at the centre of the Flag of India (adopted on 22 July 1947), in a navy blue colour on a white background, replacing the symbol of charkha (spinning wheel ) of the pre-independence versions of the flag.
It is a 24 spoke wheel, in my childhood my parents would explain me, which is true to some extent, that it is to symbolize that we Indians work tirelessly for 24 hours.
In the puranas it is said that 24 spokes, that is 12 lines in reverse, represents the LIFE. The 24 spokes according to Hindu religion means:
5. Magnanimity (the virtue of being great of mind and of heart)
11. Self Sacrifice
21. Moral Values
22. Spiritual Wisdom
23. The Fear of God
24. Faith or Belief or Hope
The Ashoka Chakra signifies the law of dharma. Truth or satya and dharma or virtue are the principle for those who work under this flag. The Wheel represents motion. It is the continuity.
The Wheel is the matter of pride for the people who abide by the values and principles represented by it.