The War Memorial – Madras

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The War Memorial on Beach road just opposite the Chennai port was built to commemorate the Victory of India over different wars viz . WWI, WWII, The Indo-Pak war, The Chinese Agression, and The Kashmir Agression. A circular structure from outside – You will have to mount the gigantic circular steps to reach the tall tower . As you walk around the memorial you will see inscriptions engraved into the wall – in different languages – expressing gratitude to those who laid down their lives for us in the war. Well maintained, with a small garden of flowers in the circumference – the War Memorial is a place that should be visited more often.

The Port of Chennai
The Memorial tower
The Circular Steps leading to the memorial
Close up of the Tower


Under the rays of the Sun

Words for the Martyrs
For World War I


For World War II


The Kashmir Agression of 47-48
The Chinese Agression of 1962


The Indo-Pak war of 1971

Inscriptions engraved into the wall –

I think this is Urdu – correct me if wrong
In Telugu
In Tamil

The inscription in Tamil reads – A memorial for the people from Madras province / presidency who served the country and gave up their lives in war.

Sometimes we are so wrapped up in our lives that we forget to stop and think of those who have given us something that we take for granted on an everyday basis – our life.


6 thoughts on “The War Memorial – Madras

    Sukanya Ramanujan said:
    May 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve only driven around this….

      Mathangi Jeypal responded:
      May 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Maybe next time you can stop for some shots! 🙂

    Yatin said:
    May 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I have visited Chennai four time in 90s (when I was in India). I am not sure why I missed this one?

      Mathangi Jeypal responded:
      May 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Unfortunatelynot on every person’s sightseeing list – “just” a building as a lay tourist would say!

    Malou said:
    May 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I didn’t know that India was also touched by WWI. 😉

      Mathangi Jeypal responded:
      May 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

      It was not really brought out to the forefront since we were still under the british rule…the indian army took part in WWI, since the british was willing to have discussions about indian independence only post our support in WWI 😦

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