Today the 22nd of August 2019 happens to be Madras Day .Chennai derived from thevoriginal name Cheena Pattinum , was once officially known as
Madras during the British rule in India .
To commomorate this day, I thought it was fit to write about the War memorial in Chennai , located at the beginning of
Marina Beach Road , now formally rechristened as Kamarajar Salai after the Late first CM of Madtas
Shri Kamaraj .
Victory war memorial also known as Cupid's Bow was contructed to commomorate the victory of the allied forces during world war I, that happenned between 1912 to 1917.
It later also became the memorial for world war II as well and that took place between 1939 to 1945.
This addirion to the first , was primarily to honour the brave soldiers, who hailed from the Madras Presidency and who lost their lives .
In those days of the British rule .the Madras presidency also included , what is now known as Andhra pradesh state
Its another story that in later years to this memorial was added inscriptions of 1948 Kashmir Aggression, 1962 War with China and the Indo-Pakistan War .
To the East of this memorial lies the Chennai port extention and to the North is situated, The Fort St George- The seat of power for the British as well for the successive Goverment of Tamil.Nadu state .
The Island parade ground, owned by the army lies to the west and this ground is mainky used for conductiong many exhibitions.,
The main being the Pongal festival exhibition that is arranged each year by the Government .This exhibition attracts huge crowds from all over city and the state .
The Famous Marina Road or Kamarajar Salai , begins with this memorial.
It is siruated in the middle of the road that bifurcates into Flag staff Road that leads to Fort suburban Railway staion and the other called North Beach Road that leads to Fort St George and further on to North Madras or north Chennai .
Ths memorial is landscaped beautifully and well.maintained and in spite of heavy traffic its pretty quite inside .
This victory memorial.has become one of the main land mark in long and chequered history of Chennai which again was derived from.Chenna Pattinum during East India days that
carved out of Area under The Nawab of Arcot during the British era in India .