Making a place to remember those who gave their lives for the country since independence in 1947 at the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka at Bangalore began on our design boards sometime in late 2008 and broke ground in mid-2010. The Memorial is conceived as place of quiet remembrance and homage. 

Longitudinal section showing memorial stone and motivational hall at approximately -5 meter level at entrance, and -6 meters at exit
Longitudinal section showing memorial stone and motivational hall at approximately -5 meter level at entrance, and -6 meters at exit © Mathew and Ghosh Architects

A ceremonial path of commemoration begins at a series of plaques with the physical marking of 21,763 martyr’s names and proceeds into a motivation hall that houses information of the missions undertaken by our Martyrs. It ends at a 60’ high flagpole beside the ‘Veeragallu’,  a symbolic stone that marks the heroic death of a warrior in battle.

Surface and Memorial Hall plans, National Martyrs Memorial, Bangalore
Surface and Memorial Hall plans, National Martyrs Memorial, Bangalore © Mathew and Ghosh Architects

The Entrance to the motivation hall through a large open court 1 with amphitheatre-like steps is the first of 5 courts that serve to provide ventilation and daylight into the underground structure.