Unique Shaurya Stambh will be constructed in Bhopal
BHOPAL: A unique and novel Shaurya Stambh will be
built near the entrance of the Shaurya Smarak coming up in Bhopal to perpetuate
memories of martyred soldiers, said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
The Chief Minister inspected the under-construction
memorial here today. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa informed the Chief Minister
about progress of the Shaurya Smarak construction.
The Chief Minister said that Shaurya Smarak would inspire
reverence towards martyred soldiers and instil spirit of patriotism among
youths. The memorial would be so grand that it would be one of the must-see
places of Bhopal where every visitor would pay homage to martyrs. It will be an
object of pride for Madhya Pradesh. Live audio-visual screening of martyred
soldiers’ lives and troops will be available in its art gallery.
Dramatic presentations of acts of gallantry will be
made in the open-air theatre of the memorial and musical fountain will function
on the tunes of patriotic songs. It will have a 50-seat cinema house where war
films will be screened.
The war gallery of the memorial being constructed by
Capital Project Administration will have folklore of history and achievements
of Indian infantry, navy and air force, portraits of all Presidents of India,
folklore, portraits and Gallantry Medals of all Param Veer Chakra and Mahaveer
Chakra awardees and information about various important wars. The premises of Shaurya Smarak will have a
souvenir shop displaying literature, badges etc of army. Shaurya Smarak
Shaurya Smarak is being constructed near Bhopal city’s
important sightseeing spot Chinar Park on Arera Hills. Different shapes,
angles, materials and techniques are being used to display complex enigmatic
experiences of life-death, war-peace, salvation-devotion in easy and simple
An interesting fabric has been knitted with paintings
on walls, ceilings, shapes, materials and technique. Arera Hills’ natural
features, hilly terrain and trees celebrating life amidst rocks have been
masterfully used a symbols. On the premises, various aspects of life, war
theatre, death and life after death have been displayed in a series of
As one enters the memorial, a square shape open
courtyard with clay-colour and grassed stairs fill his heart with atmosphere of
simplicity and experience of piety. From here, the visitor will reach a
circular courtyard displaying the earth having been hurt by ravages of war.
There will be totally dark and black small square
shaped area where a ray of light will enter intermittently through a small
hole. The ray formed by natural light during day and fibreoptic light will be
the symbol of soul which discards body after death.
About 2 to 3 meter high metal bars will be set up like
well planned rows of army contingents on the premises to display concept of
soul’s immortality. Beams of fibreoptic lights will kindle up on the top of
these bars in the dark of the night. A laser beam light atop 300 meter high bar
will light up the memorial in the night. Sheet of water on the basis of metal
bars and laser beam will be symbol of peace and piety.
Atmosphere created on the premises of Shaurya Smarak
will help visitors realise the supreme sacrifice made by gallant soldiers and
their hearts will be naturally filled with sense of reverence towards them.