Ghadar Party
(Memorial Hall Now)

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The Ghadar Party Martyrs Memorial or Desh Bhagat Yaadgar as it is more popularly known locally, stands on the Grand Trunk Road. The Memorial consists of a double-story building incorporating a large exhibition hall, conference and reading room, a library and some residential rooms along with later addition of a community hall and gardens. This Memorial building is managed by Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Committee with Bhagat Singh Bilga as its current President. Its sole aim is to preserve Ghadar Party's legacy through time.

Desh Bhagat Yaadgar is a premier institution and pride of Punjab. It is considered as a light-house by numerous visitors for preserving Ghadar Party's revolutionary spirit and struggle for the downtrodden, for economic justice and self-determination. Its facilities are open for social gatherings, seminars, protests marches and peoples' causes for social change. The Committee has regularly arranged for study circles for students and youth to inspire them to fight for the unfinished task of social justice as the chief goal of the Ghadar movement.

The Memorial has a very large exhibition hall measuring 90 by 60 feet with 212 portraits of Ghadr heroes displayed thematically. Included among these are many other Indian patriots and revolutionaries who played prominent role in the freedom struggle.

Integral to the Memorial is a major library with valuable Ghadar material, both in its original form as also much related literature. The Library aims to preserve all materials relating to the Ghadar movement and has also acquired works on Punjab and India's revolutionary movements and across the world. Its chief strength consists of several manuscripts, oral records and journals originally produced by the Ghadar Party.

During the last fifty years, Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Committee has published several books, periodicals and pamphlets, including reproduction of some original Ghadar literature. Please browse through the list. You can order any of these publications.

The Memorial Building functions as an important meeting place for this metropolitan city, for citizens of Punjab and indeed North India. The Memorial is very much part of Punjab's public life as it is a natural venue for several annual events offering its spacious hall and lawns for progressive political rallies and social gatherings. For several years now, an annual fair is celebrated with much gusto and enthusiasm for the propagation of the Ghadar ideas and ideals.

The Ghadar Memorial is managed by Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Committee [DBYC]. As a volunteer organisation, the DBYC does not solicit governmental support, we depend upon our benefactors for maintenance of the Memorial's upkeep, its library and providing other services and facilities to the community. You are encouraged to visit our sister sites, especially University of California, Berkeley's valuable Ghadar Collections at Bancroft Library. Other sites with major depositories of Ghadar materials are also indicated