Delhi has always been of greatest historical significance which dates back thousands of years. The momentous sites in the city have witnessed many significant royal events that have shaped the historical legacy of the sub-continent. Unfortunately few of which are still ignorant to us and stands quietly in one corner serving as the memento from the pages of the past
Do you know the importance of 12th December which changed the fate for our city?
On 12th December 1911, King George V announced Delhi as the National Capital of India, replacing Kolkata at the Coronation Park which is situated near Burari towards Nirankari Colony, 2.5 KMs away from Kingsway Camp in North Delhi
The site was developed as the venue to hold the Durbars, or imperial pageant, in Delhi under the supervision of the British Raj, a concept which was adopted from Mughal rulers by the Britishers. Three Durbars were held by the British monarchy during a period of forty years in the park which was held near a ridge where the Britishers emerged victorious during the Indian rebellion of 1857. In addition, the park also emphasised the grandeur of the British monarchy to the native rulers and the people who attended the Durbars which was celebrated in full décor
In 1877, Queen Victoria was proclaimed the Empress of India at this site and in 1903, the coronation of her son Edward VII was celebrated here. Both occasions called for the summoning of Delhi Durbar, a spectacular show where Nizams of Hyderabad, Gaikwad of Baroda, Begum of Bhopal, Prince of Sikkim/ Burma etc were gratified to greet the new masters.
On 12th December 1911, the 57-acre venue witnessed the third and final Delhi Durbar which was attended by King George V himself. Sitting on a golden throne, under a golden umbrella, the king declared the transfer of “the seat of the Government of India from Calcutta to the ancient capital of Delhi.”
By the way do you know how Kingsway Camp got its name? Because the place serves as the way from where the king passed to reach the Coronation Park
Standing here I realised that Delhi has been the centre of a succession of mighty empires and powerful kingdoms. Numerous ruins and places scattered throughout the territory offer a constant reminder of its history
P.S: Coronation Park Map which is being developed by DDA & INTACH
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