A visit to the war memorials in India gives you the route to discover the heroic past of India. The memorials are dedicated to soldiers who fought for the welfare of our nation and gave their lives fighting like martyrs, serving their nation. These war memorials have been built to pay homage to those great souls. These war Memorials are located at various places of the country with the inscribed names of the soldiers known for their heroic deeds. Here I have listed 5 most visited and famous war memorials of India.
Following are the Top 5 Most Visited war Memorials in India
India Gate, New Delhi
India Gate originally known as All India War Memorial was constructed during the British rule to honor those Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during WW I and the Afghan Wars. All the names of the deceased soldiers are inscribed in a 42 meter high Arch built by Edwin Lutyens. A flame known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti (the flame of the immortal soldier) is kept perpetually alive since 1971 as a tribute to the dead Indian soldiers of Indo-Pak war.
Chandigarh War Memorial
Chandigarh War Memorial is perhaps the largest War Memorial of the country. A total of 8459 names of the deceased soldiers since 1947 from Army Air Force and Navy are inscribed in this war memorial. Located in the beautiful Bougainvillea garden of Chandigarh, the war memorial was inaugurated by H’ble President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on 17th August, 2006. Chandigarh War Memorial is dedicated to those soldiers who laid their lives defending the country since independence.
Tawang War Memorial
A splendid monument, Tawang War Memorial dedicated to the memory of the Indian soldiers stands tall at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh amidst the snow-capped peaks. The memorial was built as a tribute to the martyrs of the 1962 Sino-Indian war. Locally known as Namgyal Chortan, the impressive 40 foot high dappled war memorial is constructed in a stupa design. Dedicated to the nation by GOC Eastern Command, Lt. Gen. H. R. S. Kalkat in the year 1999, the memorial reserves names of 2420 Indian soldiers engraved in gold on 32 black granite plaques.
Darjeeling War Memorial
Located in Darjeeling, West Bengal, The War Memorial stands as a quite reminiscence of the Gurkha martyrs of Darjeeling, who forfeited their lives for the country in the operations and wars that took place since independence. In 1976, Manish Gupta, the then Deputy Commissioner of Darjeeling, constructed the War Memorial to pay a tribute to the 76 brave sons of Darjeeling who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the nation. With photography strictly prohibited, you can catch its glimpse while on the famous Darjeeling Toy Train, as it goes round this place on a circular path.
War Memorial, IMA, Dehradun
The war memorial located within the boundaries of Indian Military Academy was inaugurated in 1999 by the legendary Army Officer Field Marshal Sam Hormuzji Fromji Jamshedji Manekshaw, to honor those brave soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives, fighting for the country. The face of the main structure replicates the Chetwode Tower. Names of several officers from the academy who have laid down their lives are inscribed here. The sanctum sanctorum has a bronze statue of a Gentleman Cadet carrying a sword.