Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced at that, a golden scepter Sengol would be installed in the new Parliament building of India.
A special sengol was engraved in gold by a jeweler in Chennai. An elaborate and openly religious ceremony was held, replete with the sprinkling of Ganga water and the chanting of hymns composed by the 7th-century saint Thirugnanasambanthar, and Sengol was handed over to Nehru by Mountbatten at midnight on 14 August 1947.
It is generally believed that the tradition of handing over Sengol to a new king is a practice of the Chola dynasty, although scholars of the Sangam age reported it even earlier. The most iconic historiography of Sengol is an 18th-century painting in the famous Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai in which the goddess is handing over the scepter to the Nayaka kings. The Ramalinga Vilasam palace of the Sethupathi kings from the 18th century in Ramanathapuram district has another painting where the goddess Rajarajeshwari is seen offering sengol to a Sethupathi king.
In contemporary Tamil politics, the most famous incident involving Sengol occurred in Madurai in July 1986. A massive convention was organized by the then-ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), during which Publicity Secretary J Jayalalithaa brought a sengol for her political mentor. and Chief Minister MG Ramachandran (MGR). The incident produced a photograph in which both MGR and Jayalalithaa are seen holding sengol.
This was later manipulated by Jayalalithaa’s supporters during the power struggle within the party to claim that MGR’s handing over of Sengol to Jayalalithaa indicated that she was his anointed successor.