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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mahatma Gandhi lives on at Sabarmati Ashram!!

Of days gone by...this January during my solo all India motorcycle journey

 
It was 2 days since I had arrived at Ahmedabad from Mount Abu and I was itching to get a move on once the kite festival got over and the city awoke from its festival slumber. Next on my agenda was the erstwhile residence of the father of our nation – Mahatma Gandhi. This erstwhile residence of the Mahatma, titled, Sabarmati or Gandhi Ashram is a national monument that is built on the banks of the Sabarmati river.


The Sabarmati Ashram, which now houses a museum, the Gandhi Smarak Sanghrahalay is a great place to learn about India’s rich, but not so rosy past. The museum has a lot of paintings that visually depict historic events of Gandhi’s life, ancient letters and relics, a library devoted to Gandhiji’s life and his work, archives of letters and manuscripts related to the Indian freedom movement, personal artefacts of Gandhi at Hridaya Kunj (Gandhi’s cottage) and a non-profit Ashram book store selling literature and memorabilia related to Gandhi and his life work.


Set in peaceful surroundings, Gandhiji’s Sabarmati Ashram is a must visit place for the Indian citizen. One’s patriotism will get an adrenaline shot here!!



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