Golghar Patna - A heritage site crafted during the British rule

 

A monument and a heritage built by Captain John Garstin of the British India Company in 1786, was named as Golghar Patna. The large granary had the capacity of storing 140000 tones of grains approximately to feed thousands of people living in the period of British rule. The peculiar shape of the monument gave the name as round house. It was built with a reason to feed the huge empire of British of that particular area in Patna.

 

Golghar Patna
Golghar Patna | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

 

As per history, the natural devastation that occurred due to famine in the year of 1770, the regions of Bengal, Bihar and Bangladesh went through a huge loss of millions of lives of the masses. The British empire suffered too, and therefore the then Governor General of India known by the name of Mr. Warren Hastings passed an order to build a huge granary for the storage of sufficient amount of food grains so that the large team of British Empire of that area could be fed. It is so made of spherical shape so that it could store the maximum quantity of grains. After climbing the steps which are spiral shaped, we reached at the top of the round house and could easily see the panoramic views of the city. I could see how the city is developing in a vast and fast manner. I was astonished to see the change after I visited the city again after ten years. My last visit before this journey was for business purpose but this time the things became different. I could feel the drastic change in the city and its administration. The monument was imparting the unsaid story of the British by itself and the era when they ruled the country. The monument was going under construction to regain its glory and we too had a good time of friendship and gossip. The monument was 29 meters in height and was the ideal place to get the picturesque views of Patna.

It was just the beginning of the tour and I was supposed to explore many other places with great interests so without consuming more of the time, we left the Golghar Patna for our next destination of a temple.

 

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

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