Saheed Minar is situated just opposite to Esplanade Metro Station on the Kolkata Maidan. This minar was initially known as Octerloney Monument.
Saheed Minar was named after its founder, Sir David Ochterlony. This magnificent monument was established in the year 1848 so as to mark the victory of the founder of the monument in the Nepal War (1814-1816).
The construction of Saheed Minar of Kolkata follows an architectural splendour of British times. The foundation of Saheed Minar is based on the Egyptian style, whereas the main Shahid Minar in Kolkata and its dome follow Syrian and Turkish designs respectively.
It was in the year 1969 that the Octerloney Monument got the name ‘Sahid Minar’ that the minar dedicated to all the martyrs of India. It was renamed in the honour of those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country.
Presently, the political parties assemble meetings over here. There are various rallies and seminars also take place behind the Sahid Minar of Kolkata. The tradition of holding political meetings began in the year 1931 as a protest against the British Raj, when Rabindranath Tagore presided over a convocation meeting held over there. An excellent view of the hub city of Kolkata is welcoming you.