Shaheed Minar or the tower of martyr is a memorial built in the heart of Imphal town in memory of the brave Manipuris how lost their lives fighting in the Anglo Manipuri war of 1891. This place has a historical significance as it’s the site were crown Prince Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General were publically hanged by the British after winning the Anglo Manipuri war in August 1891. The idea behind public execution was to subjugate and crush any chances of rebellion by the Manipuris but it had exactly the opposite effect. There was a gathering of about 8000 Manipuri women and the defiant General laughed aloud there by thwarting the British plans of subjugation and defiance. Thangal General was an important army commander and statesman from the northern hills of Manipur who worked through the reigns of three kings of Manipur.
The 26 feet high memorial is in shape of tower with three tapering columns rising up and joining each other on top. There is a sculpture of three symbolic dragons sitting back to back on top of the tower. From the entry gate there is a walkway with water bodies and fountains to reach the base of the memorial which stands on a raised platform. The memorial is built on in the centre of the Bir Tikendrajit Park, which was carved out Imphal Polo opposite the Kangla fort. The park was inaugurated on 2nd October 1980 by the then Governor of Manipur.
Polo match with Shaheed Minar in the background
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