Published:  12:02 AM, 12 August 2017

Symbol of liberation war: Mujibnagar Memorial

Symbol of liberation war: Mujibnagar Memorial

The Mujibnagar government is recognized as the first official government of Bangladesh. Now, the place is considered as one of the historical places of Bangladesh. During the Liberation War, the oath taking of the first interim government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh washeld on the 17th April, 1971 at the mango grove of Meherpur. Mujibnagar Memorial is located at a distance of concerning seven metric linear units, from the city of Meherpur.

The main emphasis of the design was to least disturb the serenity of the mango grove around the oath taking podium. The proposed design was conceived as a series of free standing brick columns around the historical oath taking podium, depicting the peoples struggle and strength which are being tied with randomly placed r.c.c. beams signifying the unity of the nation. An open air amphitheater, few free standing mural walls and a small museum were also proposed within the monument.

It stands on a land measuring 20.10 acres. This monument was erected on twenty-three triangular shaped concreted pillars, and appears to be a symbol of the rising sun in its design planned by architect Tanveer Naquib. Twenty-three pillars symbolize the twenty-three years of Pakistani rule and of the struggle that the Bengalis gradually unfolded during those twenty three years. The altar is built with a height of 3 6 and a diameter of 160.

The pillars are standing in a line covering half of the altar. Of the octagonal triangular shaped pillars the height of the first one is 9 and the length is 20. Each of the following pillars has an additional height of 1 and length 9/ from the previous one and thus the 23rd pillar assumes a height of 25 6 with length 25 6. The round shaped altar is divided into three parts of different height from the surface.

The height of the first, second and third is 2 6, 3 and 3 6 respectively. The numerous circles on the other part of the altar of 2 6 height symbolize the thirty lacs martyrs in the War of Liberation. The other part of the altar of 3 heights is covered by numerous pebbles symbolizing the unified struggle of seven crore freedom fighter Bengalis. The place where oath was taken by the Mujibnagar Government has been earmarked by a rectangular of red ceramic bricks. The ascending stairs to the altar is of nine steps symbolizing the progress of liberation war during the nine months.

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