War memorial called Shaurya Smarak at Bhopal is India’s first underground war memorial. This veterans memorial in Madhya Pradesh state was inaugurated on 14th October 2016, by the honorable Prime Minter of India, Narendra Modi. ‘Shaurya Smarak’ is a Hindi word, which means ‘Bravery Memorial’ in English.
This military memorial or war memorial is spread over an area of 12 acres. The memorial pillar has the names of 280 soldiers who have laid down their lives for the India from the state of Madhya Pradesh. There is a light and sound show. There is a beautiful garden above the underground war memorial.
There is an art gallery inside the war memorial. There are medals, memorials, paintings, etc. Aircraft and weapons are also on display. There is a souvenir shop inside this Museum Gallery.
The national war museum or national war memorial is divided into four zones: Jeevan, Yudh ka Rangmanch, Mrityu and Mrityu par Vijay. Each of this depicts the four stages of life. Yudh ka Rangmanch is a spider’s web like circular structure depicting wars made using rough stones. Mrityu is designed as in such a way that an earthen lamp amidst the darkness will make the visitor feel the silence of death. Mrityu par Vijay zone has lights representing souls of soldiers, coming out of a water floor.
The beautiful garden above the underground war memorial has an amphitheater and a holographic flame. The red structure at the entrance looks like ‘Namaskar’ . There is also a drop of blood from the exit; to mark the sacrifice of soldiers.
The war memorial at Bopal is one of its kind in India and is a must see war monuments in India. Visitors can light lamps here to pay their respects to those who have scarified their life for their mother country.
How Do I Go to Bhopal War Memorial, Shaurya Smarak?
Shaurya Smarak at Bhopal, the National war memorial, is situated close to the State Secretariat. Bhopal is well connected by all modes of transport to other parts of the country. There is an airport and railway station at Bhopal.