Celebrate Independence Day By Learning About Monuments Associated With Freedom Struggles

You know I am all for being patriotic and loving your nation throughout the year, however, there is this different feeling I do not know how to describe it, but maybe a feeling of pride but it is just different from every other day. So in order to make the best of the day we have brought to you a list of historical places that played a role in India’s freedom struggle that will not only help you learn the history of the country but also make you feel proud of the country you are born in.  So if you can, visit these places. These monuments are not only culturally rich but also stand as the reminder of the freedom struggle and these places give us a little more reason to love the country.

Let’s celebrate Independence Day in a unique yet meaningful way!

Jhansi Fort, Jhansi: One of the landmarks of Jhansi, the Jhansi Fort was constructed atop a hill by Raja Bir Singh Deo in the 17th century. It served as a stronghold for the army of Orchha. During the First War of Indian Independence in 1857, the fort witnessed a fierce battle between Rani Lakshmibai and the British forces. Sir Hugh Rose, who was commanding the British army, asked for the city to be surrendered with the threat that it would be destroyed. Lakshmibai refused to surrender and went on to defend Jhansi from the British. The British bombarded the fort on March 24th but were met with heavy fire in return.

 

Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat: The Sabarmati Ashram (also known as Harijan Ashram) was home to Mohandas Gandhi from 1917 until 1930 and served as one of the main centres of Indian freedom struggle.  The Sabarmati Ashram situated on the banks of the river Sabarmati was home to Mahatma Gandhi from 1917 to 1930 and served as one of the main centres of the Indian freedom struggle. It was from here on March 12, 1930, that Gandhiji launched the famous Dandi march.

 

Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The prison was known to imprison many notable Indian freedom fighters and political activists during the struggle for India's independence. This is known as the Bastile of India. It had witnessed "the saga of struggle for freedom of people kept in bondage by alien power". Most prisoners of the Cellular Jail were freedom fighters such as Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, Yogendra Shukla, Batukeshwar Dutt, Babarao Savarkar, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Sachindra Nath Sanyal, Bhai Parmanand, Sohan Singh, Subodh Roy and Trailokyanath Chakravarty etc.

 

Wagah Border, Amritsar: Wagah border post, about 29 km from Amritsar on the Grand Trunk Road, has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. Over 5000 people converge on the Indian side alone to watch the ceremony known as Beating the Retreat. The Wagha Attari Border Ceremony of lowering of flags or Beating Retreat Ceremony, which started in 1959, is conducted daily, with the aim of fostering cooperation and brotherhood between the two nations. It is an age-old ceremony followed judiciously by the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers since 1959. It is a vibrant and elaborate event that depicts the harmony between the two nations. This ceremony takes place at the gates of the two nations that connect and divides us.

 

Barrackpore, Kolkata: In 1857, Barrackpore was the scene of an incident that some credit with starting the Indian Rebellion of 1857: an Indian soldier, Mangal Pandey, attacked his British commander, and was subsequently court-martialed. 

 

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata: Representing the resplendent and majestic British architecture, Victoria Memorial Hall stands today, as a veritable icon of the city of Kolkata. Located on 1 Queen's way, the VMH was envisaged by Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of British India, as a memorial to the deceased Queen Victoria.

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