Jahangirnagar University Central Shahid Minar

Jahangirnagar University Central Shahid Minar (জাহাঙ্গীরনগর বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় কেন্দ্রীয় শহিদ মিনার)

Architect: Rabiul Hussain

Location: Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka

Jahangirnagar University Shahid Minar | Photo: Syed Sajidul Islam
Jahangirnagar University Shahid Minar | Photo: Syed Sajidul Islam

The Shahid Minar at Jahangirnagar University is the tallest monument in Bangladesh to commemorate the language movement martyrs. The monument is known as Jahangirnagar University Central Shahid Minar (জাহানঙ্গীরনগর বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় কেন্দ্রীয় শহিদ মিনার). It is designed by Robiul Hussain and is sited in front of the university’s Arts Building.

Jahangirnagar University Shahid Minar
Jahangirnagar University Shahid Minar | Photo: Jahangirnagar University

The monument has three pillars and each of the pillars is 71-foot tall from a triangle on top of a 52-foot long brick-built base. The length of the base signifies the importance of the year 1952 in the Language Movement.

Jahangirnagar University Shahid Minar | Photo: Syed Sajidul Islam
Jahangirnagar University Shahid Minar | Photo: Syed Sajidul Islam

The first pillar of the three represents the Bangla language, arts and culture; the second speaks of history, tradition and people, while the third symbolises sovereignty, the Liberation War and freedom. The three pillars represent eight other important landmarks leading to Bangladesh’s liberation: 1947, 1952, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1970 and 1971.

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