Great places in India that show the graceful life of Mahatma Gandhi

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Known to the world by the name of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation always has a special place in the hearts of every individual in India. 

Mahatma Gandhi - Known to the world by the name of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation always has a special place in the hearts of every individual in India. Let’s find out some of the great places that were closely related to Bapu and his freedom struggle.

Born on 2nd October in 1869, Mahatma Gandhi was an eminent freedom fighter and a powerful political personality who played an indispensable role in India’s brawl for independence. He was called by different names, like Mahatma (a great soul), Bapu (word for father in Gujarati) and the Father of the Nation.

Mahatma Gandhi, as he is most widely referred to, was actively involved in rescuing India from the controls of the British. With his uncommon yet influential political tools of Satyagraha and non-violence, he enthused several other political leaders all over the world including the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Gandhi, besides helping India lead in its struggle for independence against the British, also pursue an easy and virtuous life, for which he is often respected.

When it comes to experience the life of Mahatma Gandhi, there is nothing more effective than visiting places that were close to his heart. Here is a list of 5 great places that carry their own significance from the view of Bapu.

# Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

Also known as Gandhi Ashram, the Sabarmati Ashram is located in Ahmedabad and was the epicenter of India’s freedom struggle. Primarily served as the base for Gandhi Ji, he conducted lots of meetings and experiments on non-violence and truth here.

The Satyagraha Ashram, later retitled as Harijan Ashram, was started in full intensity with a two-fold objective-one was to continue the search for Truth, and the other was to forge a non-violent cluster of workers, who would lead to a non-violent group of freedom fighter, who would establish and help to seek freedom for the nation.

# Sevagram, Wardha

Sevagram, located near Nagpur (Maharashtra State), served as Gandhiji’s head office and place for experimentations from the year 1934 to 1940. He lives the life of local villagers i.e. without electricity and telephone and constructed the Ashram house himself with locally available materials. One can see Bapu’s kitchen in this house.

The first shed built in the ashram was Adi Nivas around which was basically meant for prayers. One can see Ba Kuti and BapuKuti, dwellings of Kasturba and Gandhiji correspondingly.

# Kirti Mandir, Porbandar

Located in the city of Porbandar, Gujarat, Kirti Mandir was built in the memory of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi. The ancestral home of Gandhi family, where Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 lies next to the Kirti Mandir.

The mandir has been converted into a small museum, which showcases old photographs, some of Gandhi Ji’s very few possessions and a full-fledged library of books about him or Gandhian philosophy and practice.

# Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahlaya, Mumbai

The Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya is quite popular among tourists coming to Mumbai because Gandhiji stayed in this two-story building known as Mani Bhavan during 1917-1934. The building has now been transformed into a museum that now retells the country of its skirmish for freedom from the British dynasty.

During his visits to Mumbai, Gandhi Ji introduced the notion of satyagraha in the country, hence this period witnessed his growth as a freedom fighter and saw him gain unmatched popularity. The place is mainly famous for the detention of Gandhiji by the British in 1932, from the floor of the building where he stayed.

# Aga Khan Palace, Pune

Built in 1892 by Sultan Aga Khan III, this magnificent building is the place where Mahatma Gandhi and other popular nationalist leaders were jailed by the British following Gandhi’s Quit India campaign in 1942.

The main palace now holds the Gandhi National Memorial where one can witness the room where Gandhi Ji used to stay. Photos and paintings are shown here exhibit the moments of his great life. Both Kasturba Gandhi, the Mahatma’s wife, and Mahadeobhai Desai, his secretary for 35 years, died here in imprisonment.

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