War Memorial in Chandigarh is one such place that unfolds the glorified saga of the martyrdom who selflessly laid their lives to protect our motherland since independence. The place is designed to pay homage to the jawans who are no more in this world today but have become an immortal epitome of valor and heroism.
Shaheedon Ki Chitaon Par Lagenge Har Baras Mele Watan Par Mar Mitne Walo Ka Bas Yahi Ab Baaki Nishaan Hoga!
War Memorial Chandigarh
Located in the quaint yet beautiful Bougainvillea Garden in Sector 3 Chandigarh, the War Memorial is India’s largest martyr’s place. It was inaugurated by former President of India late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on August 17, 2006.
The walls of the memorial are made from pink sandstone that has names of over 8500 soldiers from Army, Air Force and Navy who have died in the battlefield since 1947. It also has a terrace like sitting area around the aesthetically built vertical stanchion standing tall in the center that makes this place a perfect open-air theatre in Chandigarh for conducting convention and light & sound show.
Established by the UT Administration in association with The Indian Express (a national English daily), the war memorial sets a remarkable milestone in the history of Chandigarh. The place is just 50 meters away from the main entrance of the Bougainvillea garden and can be visited at any time of the day till 9 pm. The War Memorial of Chandigarh is surrounded by the greenery of Bougainvillea Garden. The park is open for public and has separate tracks for walking and jogging where a large number of people come for their morning and evening walks.
You can also have kulche-chhole and fresh juice outside the main gate of the park as edibles are not allowed to carry inside the garden.
How did Chandigarh War Memorial came into existence
The War Memorial in Chandigarh is the brainchild of the former Governor of Punjab & Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, LT. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (Retd.), a 1971 War Hero. He laid the foundation stone of this memorial on April 28th, 2004 and called it a shaandar yadgar.
So, next time whenever you are passing by the Bougainvillea Garden, Sector 3, Chandigarh, do pay a visit to the War Memorial and experience tranquility. And yes, kudos to the UT Administration for keeping up the fire of heroism alive in Chandigarh.
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