National Military Memorial (Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka)

Museum Address
2, Millers Road, Vasanth Nagar
City
State
Karnataka
Pin Code
560051
Are there any docents or guides who visitors can directly call to book for a guided tour?
No
When was the museum established?
2013
Main category
Briefly describe the history of the museum, its collection and donors.

The National Military Memorial (NMM), established by the Government of Karnataka, is dedicated to the soldiers who laid down their lives for the country. The memorial sits on 7.5 acres of lush green space in the heart of the city, next to the Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park. An initiative of M. K. Chandrasekhar VM,  a former pilot in the Indian Air Force, and his son Rajeev Chandrasekhar, an ex-MP (2006) and founder of the Flags of Honour Foundation, the memorial was designed as a space of quite commemoration and reverence to the sacrifice and bravery of the Indian Armed Forces. The Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) was assigned the task of overseeing the project by the state government.

Conceptualised by Bengaluru based architects Mathew and Ghosh, the memorial consists of a series of angled granite plaques etched with the names of 22,000 war heroes, adjacent to a magnificent 65m high flagpole that was proposed to hold the country’s largest flag. A veeragallu (hero stone in Kannada), symbolic of the heroic death of a warrior in battle, was also proposed as a part of the installations on the site. It signifies the strength and conviction of the martyred soldiers. This traditional monolithic obelisk made of granite is around 75’ high and weighs 700 tons. Currently, it is being sculpted with the names of the warriors and is yet to be brought to the memorial site.

The memorial also hosts a Mikoyan MiG 23 BN SM-255 aircraft granted by the Indian Air Force, a Vijayanta tank given by the Indian Army, a resized model of the INS Mysore—one of India's largest and most powerful battleships, an Arjuna battle tank,  Tatra-based mobile bridging equipment, and other contributions from DRDO and ISRO. The site also houses an underground motivation hall which showcases models of weapon systems, information on the various missions undertaken by the soldiers, plaques with badges and crests of various units, regiments and squadrons of the Indian Armed Forces, and sculptures of war heroes from Karnataka. This section is not open to the public yet as work is under progress. The entire space and installations were designed keeping in mind the ecology of the site, and necessary decisions and measures were employed to ensure that there was minimal loss of vegetation.

Photography
Yes
Videography
Yes
Cafeteria
No
Museum shop
No
Wheelchair friendly
Yes
Restroom
Yes
Drinking water
Yes
Locker room
No
Parking
Yes
Information in Braille
No
Workshops/seminars/lectures
No
Garden/picnic area
Yes
Audio/visual guides
No
Guided tours
No
Library and archives services
No
IT facilities ( Photocopying, printing, computer )
No
Auditorium
No
Conference/ Seminar hall
Yes
Museum membership
No
Conservation lab
No
Research lab
No
Who manages the museum?
State Government
Additional information ( if any)
Some parts of the museum are not open to the public yet as work is under progress and some installations are yet to be completed.
Reference Link
https://www.indiatoday.in/latest-headlines/story/new-war-memorial-dedicated-in-bangalore-39327-2009-02-10 https://architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-122821 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2176223/First-war-memorial-bravehearts.html
What is the average duration to see the museum?
1-2 hours
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Is the museum currently closed?
No
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The granite entrance plank with the Indian flag in the background
Gallery Images
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This statue is dedicated to all the men of Bangalore who gave their lives in the Great Wars (World War I and World War II), 1947 Kashmir operations, 1962 Sino-India operations, 1965 & 1971 India-Pakistan wars and the 1999 Kargil conflict. This statue has been relocated from its previous location in Cubbon Park.

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Statue of an unknown soldier
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These angled granite plaques are engraved with the names of war heroes who gave their lives for the nation. The names have been etched according to the regiment that the soldiers belonged to and the war during which they lost their lives.

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Granite plaques
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Another view of the granite plaques.

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Granite plaques
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The APC BTR60 on display is an early prototype of its kind donated to the memorial park by the Indian army. It is the first in a series of eight-wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) and is used to carry the infantry to the battlefield.

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APC BTR60
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This MiG 23 BN SM-255 was granted by the Indian Air Force (IAF). It is mounted on a pole and is exhibited in a nose up, climbing, wings swept back attitude.

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MiG 23 aircraft
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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has granted scaled models of missiles under development. The missiles displayed are Agni, Akash, Prithvi and Brahmos.

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Scaled models of missiles
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The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicale (PSLV) was donated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is the third generation launch vehicle of India and is the first Indian launch vehicle to be equipped with liquid stages.

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PSLV
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The main battle tank on display is an early prototype of the Arjuna MBT donated by the DRDO. These tanks are utilised during battles for close range targets.

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Arjuna MBT
Entry Fee
Applicable
Entry fee information
Adults and children above 5 – Rs 10/=.
Getting there
The memorial is located in Vasanthnagar, close to the Raj Bhavan. The area is well connected to the other parts of the city by bus, auto rickshaw, cab, taxi and metro train. The memorial is at a 15 minute walk from the Cubbon Park metro station and at a 10 minute walk from the GPO bus stand.
Opening Days
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Public holidays
Opening Time
10:00 a.m.
Closing Time
05:00 p.m.