On the day after we reached Amritsar, we went to visit the Jallianwala Bagh, which has a lot to tell us about the struggle for independence. As the hotel where we stayed was in Ludhiana, we set off early to reach Amritsar, which was about two and a half hour drive from our hotel. The cab for our travel was arranged by the hotel and we started from the hotel by 7 in the morning. Being a lover of history, I love visiting ancient and historic places. So I looked forward to visiting Jallianwala Bagh and take some photographs of the place.
We reached Jallianwala Bagh by 9.30 am. The park is open to the public from 7 am to 6 pm on all days of the week. You need not pay any entry fee to get into the park. As we walked through the narrow lane that led to the park, I could well imagine the innocent protestors that were massacred by the British.
We were told that the park was one of the popular places where meetings and protests were held during the struggle for freedom in India. As usual, on the 13th of April in 1919, a large crowd of people assembled here to protest against the arrest of two of their leaders. It was a peaceful meeting and included women and children as well. As the meeting progressed, the British General Edward Dyer ordered to open fire on the people. As the park had only one narrow exit that was already covered by the General and his soldiers, all the people were trapped inside the park and were brutally killed.
At the entrance we saw a memorial tablet providing a description of the massacre. Inside the park I could see a well where a lot of people got in to escape from the shooting and got drowned. The garden also has an eternal flame called Flame of Liberty, as a remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives for the independent India. There were also many bullet marks on the wall of garden, as a proof to the massacre held. A visit to the park is enough to tell us about the hardships and sacrifices that our ancestors had to undergo in order to attain us the freedom that we are enjoying now.