Take a deep dive into the life of one of the greatest leaders and freedom fighters of India, Mahatma Gandhi, and gain an insight into his last living days in Gandhi Smriti. A museum established in the memories of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Smriti is the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last remaining days begore getting killed and is thus an important tourist place to visit in New Delhi.
Timing: 10 am to 5:30 pm (Monday closed)
Location: Opp. National Defense College, 5, Tees January Marg near Birla House, New Delhi
Entry Fees: Free
Visit the Gandhi Smriti Museum in New Delhi to gain a deeper insight into the final days of Mahatma Gandhi and the principles that he wanted to spread in the world. Gandhi Smriti is the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last 144 days before he was assassinated in 1948. Formerly known as Birla House or Birla Bhavan, the house was constructed in 1928 by Ghanshyamdas Birla with 12 bedrooms in it and was sold to the government later on in 1971. After its reopening to the general public in 1973, the house was renamed Gandhi Smriti in Mahatma Gandhi’s honor and houses various articles linked with Mahatma Gandhi’s life and death.
Gandhi Smriti comprises visual exhibits to immortalize Mahatma Gandhi and his ideas, informative aspects to throw light on his values, and service aspects to introduce activities in order to fill certain needs. The museum showcases photographs, paintings, sculptures, murals, and inscriptions on rocks that demarcate the years pertaining to Mahatma Gandhi. The entry to the museum is enhanced by a large statue of Mahatma Gandhi with a girl and a boy holding a dove in their hands on either side which signifies his global concern for the underprivileged and the poor. Despite the grievous history of the place, the museum still attracts many tourists locally and even from around the world, who seek to pay their respects to one of the most influential leaders and freedom fighters that the world has ever seen.
Visitors are free to walk around the memorial and on the spot where Gandhi Ji was assassinated, lays another edifice called the ‘Martyrs Column’ which is seen flocked by many visitors who pay tribute to the Father of the Nation. The garden around the building is well-manicured and oozes a peaceful vibe that the visitors enjoy with delight. The museum is a two-story building where several exhibitions are laid in order to illustrate the challenging and inspiring life of Mahatma Gandhi. The room where he lived houses several of his belongings including his walking stick, glasses, some cutlery, the stone that he used instead of soap, his wooden desk with Bhagavad Geeta on it, and a white mattress on the floor. There is a separate room where various short films about Mahatma Gandhi are shown to educate people and especially the youth about his non-violence principles or ‘Ahimsa’ and his great contribution in India’s independence.