Today the Importance of Independence day for many is mainly because its a Holiday. People look forward to Independence Day because they get a Holiday on that day. They do hoist the flag , they do purchase tiny flags from street signals just to throw them on the road the next day.
How many of you pick up torn flags from the streets on 16th August, how many of you really don’t look at this historic and patriotic day as just another holiday? , not many !
It’s not our fault, love for independence day doesn’t get instilled by patriotic songs tearing your ears on loud speakers or by seeing the tricolour everywhere you look around. Independence is about the sacrifice the fathers of our country made so that today we live in a free country, Independence is about the blood and sweat of the Freedom fighters who put their own lives at stake so that today we live peacefully. Independence day is about remembering the values our country stands for and invoking within our hearts Love for our motherland India.
There are some places which hold historical and patriotic value and are enough to give you goosebumps and leave you teary eyed invoking a patriotic feeling within you which will never die down. These places are a must visit on this patriotic day. Lets have a look at these places and their significance.
1. Jallianwala Bagh
One of the most defining point in the history of India; before Independence took place; is here at Jallianwala Bagh. A solemn homage to the innocent martyrs killed in the tragic massacre. Jallianwala Bagh is where the British opened fire on a peaceful crowd and killed 2000 people on the 13th April 1919. This scene is featured in the Gandhi movie and it was this that sparked him to instigate his programme of civil disobedience and to start the kick the British out of India campaign.
Location: Amritsar, Punjab
2. India Gate
The India Gate is a war memorial in New Delhi commemorating the dead of the First World War. A beautiful landmark situated in the capital city of Delhi. India gate is the place to be on independence day because of the beautiful Parades and air shows there.
3. Agra Fort
Over looking the beautiful Taj mahal which is a wonder of the world. Celebrating Independence day at the Agra fort will be a beautiful experience making you feel proud of your heritage and culture.
Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
4. Gandhi Ashram
It was from his base here that Gandhi led the Dandi march also known as the Salt Satyagraha on 12 March 1930. In recognition of the significant influence that this march had on the Indian independence movement the Indian government has established the ashram as a national monument.
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
5. Cellular jail in Andaman
Cellular Jail, located at Port Blair, stood mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this jail. The jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name ‘Cellular’ because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of the seven prongs are intact. The Jail, now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared a National Memorial. The jail museum here draws your memories back to those years of freedom struggle.
Location: Port Blair, Andaman
These places will surely light the fire of patriotism in your heart and tears in your eyes.