It would be unlawful to say the massacre of the Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar a cruel,
merciless and malicious incident of attack on thousands of innocent Sikhs of 1919, because it was even more brutal. I still develop goose bumps with a single wink of imagination of that blood
shredded history and it was my whole hearted wish to visit that place with a specific reason to worship that particular land of sacrifice.
As I was getting nearer to the place, I could feel the cry of 13th April, 1919 in the breeze of the Bagh which was echoed by thousands of innocent Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims as well. The saying goes that the incident took place on the celebration day of ‘Baisakhi’, a grand festival of Sikh and also remarked as the ‘Birth of Khalsa’. The Brigadier General of the British Raj named as Reginald Dyer commanded his fifty riflemen to kneel and fire on the unarmed gathering and congested crowd of innocent men and women. Numerous children also were a part of this massacre. According to Indian National Congress more than 1500 martyrs were killed in the incident. I saw a monument which was set after the independence and a plaque inside says that nearly 120 dead bodies of people, who jumped inside to dodge bullets fired at them, were pulled out of the well.
Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar | Image Resource : goldentemplephotos.com
The Bagh is a peaceful park now enveloped with families and college students, but the marks of the bullets are still there on the wall. It was these walls, which the huge crowd tried to climb
upon as there was a solitary entrance and exit gate of the park where British soldiers were kneeled down to fire continuously. I learnt that none of the people could escape as the walls were too
high. The park is a five-minute walk from the holy pilgrimage, The Golden Temple and it is a must-visit place to know the horrific event in the colonial history of India.
I was extremely touched by the pathetic history of Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar. I left the place with a heavy heart but decided to move on to my next destination, which was the birthplace of Lord Ram’s sons, Luv and Kush.