Amritsar Massacre Memorial

The Amritsar massacre memorial reminds one of the fateful day of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. It was on the thirteenth of April in the year nineteen hundred and nineteen, when the British General, Edward Dyer, ordered his soldiers to open fire on a big group of ten thousand people killing more than a thousand innocent people.

The crowd had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, a garden in Amritsar that contains a religious shrine, order to protest against the arrest of two freedom fighters. They were unarmed as they wanted a peaceful protest. There were also many women and children in the gathering.

The British General ordered his men to cover the only narrow entrance of the garden. They fired rounds after rounds on the unarmed, helpless people. At least a thousand of them were killed and many were seriously injured. This brutal act of killing people ruthlessly is one of the most disgraceful days in the history of the world. This event is known as the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre or Amritsar Massacre.

On thirteenth April nineteen hundred and sixty-one, a memorial was built in the Jallianwala Bagh to offer respect to all those who died in the merciless mass murder. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre memorial was inaugurated by, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then-President of India.

The bullet marks are still visible on the walls of the 'bagh' and on the adjacent buildings. The well in the Jallianwala Bagh has been made a protected monument, where many helpless people jumped into, in a fruitless attempt to save themselves.

The Jallianwala Bagh is only a five minutes walk from the famous Golden Temple in Amritsar. The tourists and local people visit the place and the Massacre Memorial in Amritsar to pay their humble homage to all those people who lost their lives on the fateful day.

Last Updated on 14 January 2011