“Pic of the Week”, February 3, 2017: Raj Ghat, India

The Last Journey of Mahatma Gandhi – February 1948 (5)

There is little question that Mahatma Gandhi is the father of modern India.  We’ve previously looked at the home — the old Birla house — in which Gandhi lived the last months of his life; it was on the grounds of this home that he was assassinated.  Today we visit another important site in Gandhi’s life, Raj Ghat.  This post takes the story a step further, discussing what happened to Mahatma Gandhi’s remains after he was killed.

Gandhi’s body was washed and wrapped in fresh white cloth.  He lay at the old Birla House for a less than a day, surrounded and covered by flower petals in the Hindi manner.  From here, a massive procession moved Gandhi’s body to …

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Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi

02 Gandhi Smriti

Gandhi Smriti is situated in the old Birla House, a neoclassical mansion with spacious grounds located in an upscale neighborhood of New Delhi.  It was one of my favorite stops in Delhi.

Gandhi Smriti is a sacred place.  It is here that the father of India, Mahatma Gandhi, was assassinated in 1948.  Gandhi had wanted to live in the Delhi slums with his people, but was talked into staying at this home as many foreign dignitaries would be visiting him and it seemed a more appropriate environment for entertaining  VIPs than the slums.  Despite living in a lavish home, Gandhi maintained his simple lifestyle in a small corner of one room.  He lived here from 9 September 1947 until three point …

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