If you are into historical places then Jallianwala Bagh is one place that you need to tick off from your bucket list.
Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden or a memorial park of 6 to 7 acres in Amritsar in the Punjab state of India. It is almost 1.3 kilometers away from the famous Golden Temple which means nearly 7 minutes of walk.
Jallianwala Bagh Massacre or Amritsar Massacre has a brutal history attached to its name.
It has been 98 years now and any time we still hear the name Jallianwala Bagh a sense of grief and anger cross our minds.
For those who are not aware about the history of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, here is a dose of history for you.
It was at the time of festival of Baisakhi (also known as Vaisakhi) in the year 1919 when a group of people gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh for a non-violent protest.
And for the record, Baisakhi is the main Sikh festival celebrated in Punjab and every year a large number of pilgrims from all over India visit Amritsar for the same.
And that day was not an exception, unaware about the whole fiasco pilgrims from all over India visited Jallianwala Bagh when Colonel Reginald Dyer ordered his 50 troops to fire the crowd brutally without stopping for a whole lot of 10 minutes killing around 1000 people and leaving 1100 wounded (Well these were the publically stated figures the actual figures must have been way ahead of this).
Whereas, the estimated number of pilgrims present there at the horrifying moment was around 25000.
Not just that almost 120 people jumped into the well of the Bagh.
The Bagh had walls all-around it of around 10 feet long and the passage ways were pretty narrow (which most of them were sealed) and the main passage way/entrance was captivated by Dyer & his troops and all this made the escapade of the pilgrims next to impossible.
The marks of bullets are still visible on the walls of the Bagh which will always make you revisit the whole brutal scenario.
This whole event very brutally took away many innocent souls and left the rest with burning scars, although according to the British Government this whole scenario was not cruel and unjustified.
Nonetheless, it evoked the freedom movement of India and added fuel to the biggest revolution and united the people of India against the East India Company.
And today Jallianwala Bagh is not just any other tourists spot in Amritsar; it is a place where the souls of our martyrs persist.
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