Gandhi Jayanti 2 October 2018: Mahatma Gandhi, India’s iconic freedom fighter who paved the way to non-violence, and set an example for the world, was born on October 2, 1869. Gandhi Jayanti, as this day is popularly known as in India, is celebrated every year since 1947, and Gandhi Jayanti 2018 is no different. This year on Gandhi Jayanti, if you are looking to get a glimpse into the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, then India has quite a few places to visit. The man whose vision made such an impact in the world still inspires a vast majority of people all throughout the globe, and on Gandhi Jayanti 2018, you can pay your respect to him by visiting these places.
Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati, Gujarat
Located in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the Gandhi Ashram, also known as Sabarmati Ashram, is a great place to get a peek into the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. The ashram is the first in India established by Gandhi, on May 25, 1915, on another spot. Later, it was shifted on the banks of the Sabarmati River on June 17, 1917. This is the place that Gandhi made his home until 1930, and was one of the nerve centres of the Indian freedom struggle. The ashram is in fact home to the famed ideology of Satyagraha. The ashram today has a museum that you can visit.
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
Located in Mumbai, this museum puts the spotlight on Gandhi’s life. Popularly known as just Mani Bhavan, the building was a big part of the Mahatma’s life for 17 years. It served as Gandhi’s headquarters from 1917 to 1934 and had in fact initiated some of his freedom movements, such as Satyagraha, Swadeshi, and Khilafat. Also, the charkha that he is so well associated with, traces its roots back to Mani Bhavan. Here, within the compounds, you will find a bust of Gandhi, and it also has a museum and library dedicated to the Mahatma. The place is so popular that Barrack Obama, during his presidency, and Martin Luther King Jr. before him, have also visited. In fact, Martin Lauther King Jr. was directly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi in his own struggle for equal rights in America.
Aga Khan Palace, Pune
Built in 1892, this incredible structure holds great importance to the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. The palace was used as a prison to hold Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi in captive. Sarojini Naidu, and Gandhi’s secretary, Mahadev Desai were also held captive here at the same time. You can visit the palace today and take a walk amidst some the exhibits here in the Gandhi National Memorial. There are numerous photos here from the days of the independence struggle, related to Mahatma Gandhi. The Aga Khan Palace is also the place where Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai breathed their last
Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi
Previously the residence of industrialist GD Birla, it was later converted into a memorial for Gandhi. The place is of special importance because it houses memories from the last 144 days of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. You can actually see the room he lived in as well as the prayer ground, where visitors would come every day. In fact, this is where Gandhi was shot and assassinated. Gandhi Smriti also offers an exhibition on Gandhi.