Jallianwala Bagh is a famous memorial & public garden inside the walled city of Amritsar in Punjab (India). This place marks a bloody day in the history of Indian Independence struggle, when on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year (Baisakhi) on April 13, 1919 , peaceful group of protesters were fired at in this very garden, on the on the orders of Brigadier-General Reginald E.H. Dyer of the British Colonial Army. This horrific incidence began a new chapter in Indian Independence.
Today, the Jallianwala Bagh is a poignant reminder of the martyrdom of our Indian people for Independence.
I visited Jallianwala Bagh as part of my Amritsar trip. It is located in the vicinity of the Golden Temple complex (the holiest shrine of Sikhism) and is inside the old walled city area of Amritsar. The way to enter (and exit) the Bagh is only through a very narrow lane and I actually got goosebumps imagining myself as a helpless peaceful protester trapped in the garden with the only way to escape being blocked by people firing at me. There is an eternal flame burning at the entrance in honor of the martyrs.
There is a simple memorial to the martyrs at the end of the garden. People like to get clicked here, but I thought its too sacred to get clicked with!!
One of the most touching site in Jallianwala Bagh is the Martyr’s Well, which was a well inside the garden, where young men, women & children jumped to their death in order to escape the shooting.
The bullet marks of firings can be seen on the boundary walls of the garden and also a lone building inside it.
I spent considerable time inside Jallian Bagh memorial and came away with a greater appreciation to the struggles of my fellow Indians, who gave up their present for our future. These words aptly describe my thoughts after my visit to Jallianwala Bagh.
Freedom Was Not Gifted To Us,
It Was Snatched By An Unstoppable Fight,
Fighters Painted With Blood On Their Life’s Canvas,
Still They Never Turned Back With Fright! ~ Unsourceable author
Do Visit Jallianwala Bagh when in Amritsar, it has the capacity to make us sit and think about our own independence.