Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad

On the last day of our trip to Gujarat, we visited peaceful environment of Sabarmati Ashram or Gandhi Ashram at Ahmedabad is on the banks of the river Sabarmati. There were people reading books and involved in various activities and total silence everywhere. This is one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi after he returned from South Africa. Since 1917 he lived there for about twelve years along with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi.



It was established by him as he intended to conduct some experiments in living eg farming, animal husbandry, cow breeding, Khadi and related constructive activities. It served as one of the main centers of the Indian freedom struggle. While he was in the ashram he formed a school that focused on manual labor, agriculture, and literacy to advance his efforts for self-sufficiency. 



This is the place from where he launched the famous Dandi march in protest of the British Salt Law, which taxed Indian salt in an effort to promote sales of British salt in India. Over the years, the Ashram became home to the ideology that set India free. 



Today ashram has a museum, the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay containing life-size paintings, around 35,000 books dealing with Gandhi's life, work, teachings. Vinoba Kutir is a cottage named after Acharya Vinoba Bhave. Upasana Mandir is an open-air prayer ground. 



Today, the Ashram serves as a source of inspiration and guidance, and stands as a monument to Gandhi’s life mission and a testimony to others who have fought a similar struggle.

41 comments:

rupam sarma said...

Great post. Thank you so much for sharing.

fredamans said...

Beautiful Ghandi statue. What a truly inspiring place to visit.

D. Prabhu said...

Beautiful :) I am yet to visit there.

Bibi said...

I believe scenes from the film Gandhi were filmed here. I would like to visit.

Laura said...

BEautiful… may we all live lives that ultimately bring more peace and less strife in the world and within our own hearts.

Sylvia K said...

Inspiring post for the day, Rajesh!!

janiceadcock said...

Peace and freedom. Wonderful back story.

Our photos said...

Interesting story !

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

We have a quite similar statue in my city, Valladolid:

http://valladoliddailyphoto.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/mahatma-gandhi.html

Christian Weiß said...

A great place.

Jim said...

Interesting.

Al said...

It looks like a wonderful monument to a great man.

ladyfi said...

What an inspiring place, just like Gandhi himself.

happinessandfood said...

Wow! Lovely pictures. I have never seen the ashram even in pictures so this is such a lovely piece of information as well. Thank you for sharing.

Parul

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos of this pretty place, wonderful!

Thomas Lee said...

Mahatma Gandhi great struggle for India.

Ruth Kelly said...

Amazing amount of books there. Gandhi was a great man.

George said...

What a marvelous place to visit. Thanks for sharing your visit with us.

Carver said...

Beautiful statue and a fascinating post. He inspired so many and continues to long after his physical life.

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful place and post. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Interesting post. He was a remarkable man.

Tom said...

Thank you for showing me sights that I will never see in person. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Phil Slade said...

It looks a lovely peaceful place, a fitting tribute to the man Ghandi.

EG CameraGirl said...

Ghandi was an incredibly wonderful person!

Marie said...

Ghandi did so much good in India! Love the statue. The ashram is lovely. That British Salt Law...I'm just shaking my head!

Karen Hayward-King said...

Your posts are always so interesting and informative ... great pics as well :-)

bailey-road.com said...

What a wonderful memorial to a remarkable man!

Janet Shaw said...

Interesting Statue

mick said...

Great photos and an interesting post.

Andrew Fulton said...

A wonderful post my friend...

eileeninmd said...

Great story and post. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

The ashram serves as a present-day reminder of Gandhi's peaceful nature.

Jeevan said...

Beautiful post on Sabarmati Ashram! Well captured photos from the luxury of peace. Thanks for the information as well

Only my grandmother had visited this place.

Adam Jones said...

Wonderful statue.

Amit Agarwal said...

I also shot this hermitage last year but your pics are really wonderful...you being a master after all:)

Yogi Saraswat said...

A great place dedicated to a great human being . I also want to visit this place once . very nice pictures

VJ Sharma said...

I would love to visit this place. Thanks for lovely photographs and nice details about the place.

Kokila Gupta said...

nice and serene :)

SelfDrive Trips said...

What great lovely post and thank for share about the great Mahatma Gandhi.

Ravish Mani said...

Lovely shots, Rajesh. Clean & serene. :)

Seema Chauhan said...

He was a great patriot man. Their patriotism will always remember!! Nice Post