Saheed Minar, situated near Esplanade on the Kolkata Maidan, was initially known as Octerloney Monument. It was named after its founder, Sir David Ochterlony. This magnificent monument was established in the year 1848 so as to mark the founder's victory in the Nepal War (1814-1816). The construction of Calcutta Saheed Minar follows an architectural variety. Its foundation is based on the Egyptian style, whereas the main Shahid Minar in Calcutta and its dome follow Syrian and Turkish designs respectively.
It was in 1969 that the Octerloney Monument got the name 'Sahid Minar'.
It was renamed in the honor of those who sacrificed their lives for the
freedom of our country. Presently, the political parties convene
meetings over here. Various rallies and seminars also take place behind
the Sahid Minar Of Kolkata, India. The tradition of holding political
meetings began in 1931, when Rabindranath Tagore presided over a
convocation meeting held over there. If you stand at the top of the
minar, you'll get an excellent view of the hub city of Kolkata.