West to East, from Bombay to Calcutta, Deen Dayal traversed India.
In his time Calcutta was the capital of British India, a vibrant
metropolis which even today is the most densely populated city in
in its appearance with stately buildings like the Victoria Memorial,
the Writers Building, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Museum etc. Calcutta
was the hub of British government, trade, theatre and literature.
It stands on the river Hooghly with the Howrah bridge, a picturesque
landmark with its multifarious vehicular traffic.
was built around Fort William which provided the Maidan a large
open space used as free field of firing for guns from the Fort.
At one end of the Maidan is the 48 metres high Ochterlony Monument
now renamed Shaheed Minar. The Maidan is still the focus of all
important events in Calcutta. Another monument commemorates the
tragedy of 113 people who died of suffocation after being cramped
in a single room by Siraj-ud-dowlah the Nawab of Bengal. This was
the Black Hole of Calcutta