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Honouring the Father of India

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A ‘Freedom Fighter’, the ‘Father of Indian Independence’, and the ‘Father of the Nation’ are some of the titles given to Mahatma Gandhi. But above all he was a Champion of Human Rights, and used non-violent resistance methods to promote his causes and beliefs.

Mahatma Gandhi

The Gandhi Smriti (Memorial) Museum in Delhi is the house where Gandhi lived during the final days of his life and the place where he was fatally shot. While I was staying in the city I decided to visit the Gandhi Memorial dedicated to his life. I wanted to see how he had lived and to learn more about the legend who was instrumental in gaining India’s independence.

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Birla House

Why Had Gandhi Been Staying Here?

Gandhi had decided to stay here at Birla House because at the time he needed to be easily accessible to the people in the heart of Delhi and the politicians. He was a close friend of the Birla family and Mr Ghanshyam Das Birla, a prominent Indian businessman, persuaded him to reside here at his house in a small part of the mansion. Gandhi had two rooms at the front of the house.

Entrance to Gandhi’s quarters

How Gandhi Died

Whilst staying here at Birla house, Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948. During his normal prayer time, when people would come to sit and listen on the grass, a Hindu rebel, by the name of Nathuram Godse, shot him at point blank range in the chest 3 times. At age 79, Gandhi died within minutes. Ironically, he had been a staunch campaigner against violence and believed ‘all men are brothers’.

Many boards honouring Gandhi are displayed throughout the museum.
Martyr stone where Gandhi was shot.
Where Gandhi would sit to give prayers to the public who would come to listen on the grass.

The House

After Gandhi’s death, the government purchased the then Birla house and turned it into a memorial, Gandhi Smriti, of the final abode of the great man. As he had spent the last 144 days of his life here, it was fitting that it be turned into a shrine of remembrance in his honour and since 1973 it has been open to the public.

His Rooms

On my visit to the Gandhi memorial I saw the modest rooms he lived in and where he slept. He had little more than a mattress, a pillow, a low writing desk and very few personal belongings. Everything has been preserved as it was when he lived here, as if time stood still. In fact, Gandhi’s pocket watch shows the time of his death, 5.17pm.

The rooms demonstrate the voluntary poverty he adhered to, with no material wealth, as he believed in only having the bare minimum to survive. Thus was his empathy and dedication to the underprivileged and the poor of India.

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Gandhi’s room with few possessions, just as it was.
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Final meeting (left). Worldly possessions (right).

Memorabilia

This Martyrdom site of Mahatma Gandhi has a plethora of material on display to look at and read. The displays include photos, quotes, newspaper articles, information and other memorabilia on Gandhi, his life and beliefs. There are also books, statues, sculptures and lots more honouring the Mahatma.

There is plenty to ponder over, as you walk through the building and the gardens. It is a serene and pleasant setting to stroll around at your leisure.

I was fascinated by the life he lead and his unwavering love for his country.

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Quotes from Gandhi
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His stay at the house
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Gandhi’s death
Belief in a ‘need based lifestyle’
There are many dioramas like this one on display depicting monumental occasions in the life of Gandhi.

Interesting Facts About Gandhi

Some of these facts will amaze you.

  • Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Porbandar, Gujarat, India on 2 October 1869.
  • The youngest of 4 children.
  • Also known as Mahatma which means ‘great soul’. And Gandiji and Bapuji which are both endearing terms.
  • Married at 13, yes thirteen, (an arranged marriage) to his wife Kasturba who was 14.
  • They had 5 children (the first one died).
  • Attended the University of Bombay.
  • Went to London to become a barrister.
  • Had little success in his Bombay law office when he first started.
  • Left India to practice law in South Africa where he lived for almost 20 years.
  • A devout Hindu, but believed in all religions.
  • The Leader of the Indian Nationalist Movement against British Rule in India.
  • Imprisoned several times.
  • His wife was also imprisoned, and died there in 1944.
  • Succeeded in achieving India’s independence from Britain in 1947.
  • Had a life dream of a united India, which he never lived to see.
  • Wanted peace between Muslims and Hindus.
  • When he died, 1 million people followed the procession of Gandhi’s body through the streets of Delhi.
Gandhi Museum
Larger than life statue of Gandhi with 2 children
Gardens at Gandhi Museum

Museum Information

  • Open everyday 10am – 5.30pm, except Mondays.
  • Free entry.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Time required is about 1 hour.
The many faces of Gandhi

Gandhi Tour

The legacy of Gandhi lives on here at the memorial. I certainly recommend visiting, if you are in Delhi.

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15 thoughts on “Visit The Gandhi Memorial

  1. I’d really love to visit if I’m ever in Delhi. I always think about how Gandhi inspired MLK to take a peaceful approach to social change during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. It is so, SO much harder to stay calm and peaceful while those around you rage than it is to just respond to violence and hate with more violence and hate. Something we shouldn’t lose sight of in today’s world.

  2. This is a great place to go to learn more about this special man. This house has so much important history and it’s so good that it’s free to visit. I liked the facts you included about Gandhi, I didn’t know many of them but I do now!

  3. I visited this place back in 2017, and was so fascinated by Ghandi’s life, and the things he was able to do. I never realized he had spent so much time in South Africa! It was a very inspiring place to visit, and I’m glad you enjoyed it too.

  4. It’s a grand house for such a humble man! I read a fair bit about Gandhi when I went to India many years ago and watched the movie as well. What an incredible life and achievements! It didn’t prevent India from descending into sectarian and ethnic violence at times though, and eventually splitting from Pakistan. Nevertheless, India wouldn’t be the great nation that it is without the Mahatma

  5. I would LOVE to visit this memorial. I have seen so many documentaries and movies about Ghandhi and believe in his approach to violence. I had no idea that he married at 13!

  6. That’s quite a comprehensive round-up of the Gandhi Memorial in Delhi. Not everyone takes time to visit some of these memorials. Was it recommended to you? Did you also visit the Indira Gandhi museum close by?

  7. I really wish I had known about the Ghandhi Memorial museum in Delhi when Darcee & I were staying there. I would have loved to explore the home where he lived his last days and really learn more about him. I know so little about this great man that I feel a bit ashamed…for example I had no idea he was assassinated and in such a harsh manner. When we return I am definitely going to explore the site and learn…we love museums like this too because it allows us to learn so much about different cultures and their heroes.

  8. This place I have heard off and hope to tick it off when I eventually get to India. Ghandhi sounds like he was an interesting man but would like to check out this place and see what life he had more in detail.

  9. Very interesting read. I’m not sure I remembered that he was assassinated honestly. So sad that he was shot when he believed and trusted so much. Also didn’t know he was married at 13, but not totally surprised. Was a lot surprised that he went to London to become a barrister!

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