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Shaheed E Azam Bhagat Singh Museum

Located in the Nawanshahr District of Punjab, the Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Museum was established on 23rd of March, 1981, i.e. on the 50th death anniversary of freedom fighter Bhaghat Singh.  Housed in Khatkar Kalian ancestral village of Shaheed-e-Azam, this commendatory museum finds itself at a distance of 55 Kms from Jalandhar, 100 Kms from Chandigarh, and just 10 kms from the district headquarter of Nawanshabr.

The museum houses a large number of things associated with Bhagat Singh including his photographs, his remains, a copy of the judgement of the Lahore conspiracy case- the incident which led Bhagat to receive punishment as imprisonment and later, a death sentence.  You can also find his scribed notes on the judgment copy depicting his hand writing.

This museum is prefect if you wish to know more about the martyr Bhagat Singh. All of his belongings and possessions which could take you closer to his life and his beliefs are carefully put under one roof here.

The History

Originally, Bhagat’s family belonged to a small village called Narli in Lahore District. However, later after the Indo-Pak separation the area became a part of Tara Taran district, which is a part of India now. Bhagat Singh’s uncle Ajit Singh, who was also a very famous freedom fighter gave an interesting account of how one of Bhagat’s ancestors moved to Khatkar Kalan, in his popular autobiography called Buried Alive.

The word ‘Bhagat’ in his name means Devotee. On 23rd of March 1931, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru, all three were sentenced to death in the Lahore Conspiracy case.

More About the Museum

Many interesting items related to Bhagat Singh could be found in the museum. These include a copy of Bhagwat Geeta- which is also put on a special display in the museum- with Bhagat’s autograph on it. The book was given to him by a worker in the Lahore Jail during his time of imprisonment. Also, you can find belongings of Bhagat’s uncle Ajit Singh in the museum put on exhibition.

The two original pages which Bhagat used in jail to pen down the notes as he read books there are also put on exhibition in the museum. The pen used to sign the death sentence by the executioner for Bhagat, Thapar and Rajguru is there. Additionally, the photos of other Ghadarites and freedom fighters and revolutionaries who supported Bhagat in raising voice against the rule of the British could be found in the museum.  All these items are in true essence but reminders of the struggle and the memorable efforts made by the revolutionaries to free Indian from the tyranny of the English. And so, people from all over the world come and visit the museum to know more about these heroic revolutionaries and their sacrifices.

Nearby Attractions

While there are no such ‘nearby’ attractions in regard to Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Museum, per se, you can take a ride to Sultanpur Lodhi- which is about 36 km from Jalandhar- and visit Gurudwara Ber Sahib there. This is the very same place where the first prophet according to Sikhism i.e. Guru Nanak Dev Ji got enlightenment. He even created 'Sukhmani Sahib' here while taking a bath in the river Kali Bein here.

You can also visit the Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar. This temple is over 200 years old and is known to have high spiritual quotient. Other than this, you can go to the Moorish Mosque, which is a popular attraction and was built by a French architect, Manteaux in the year 1930.

How to Reach There

By Air

The closest airport is Amritsar. From here you can easily board a taxi to the museum through Jalandhar.

By Rail

Jalandhar has a railway station that is well networked to chief cities such as Jammu, Delhi, Amritsar, etc.

By Road

You can reach the museum by taking the road from Jalandhar. The city is also well connected to all the prominent cities of Punjab and so it would certainly be convenient to visit other places as well coming along the way.

The Museum is open on all days except Gazetted Holidays and Mondays.

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