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27 Peace Monuments in India
Related to Mahatma Gandhi

Click here for Wikipedia article on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi [1869-1948].
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May 27, 1950 - Kirti Mandir / Gandhi Birthplace, Porbandar, Gugarat (India). House where Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869. Click here for a critique.
April 30, 1936 - Sevagram Ashram, Shegaon, 8 km from Wardha, Maharashtra (India). "Mahatma Gandhi (age 67) reached Shegaon village on the 30th April, 1936, at about 5 am. He remained here for about five to six days. He called the villagers and the purpose of his visit and sought their permission to settle down here. He had no intention to keep anybody with him except his wife Kasturba. However slowly pressure of work necessitated permission to more colleagues till Sevagram Ashram also became a full-fledged institution. It was decided in 1940 to name this village as SEVAGRAM or the village of service."
1939 - Birla Mandir / Birla Temple, New Delhi (India). Hindu temple created in harijan / untouchable neighborhood by Gandhi and Ghanshyam Das Birla [1894-1983] to be open to all people (which it still is).
January 31, 1948 - Raj Ghat, New Delhi (India). Where Gandhi's body was cremated, and a shrine ever since. A commemorative ceremony takes place every Friday. Remembrance prayers are held on anniversaries of Gandhi's Birth ( October 2) & Death (January30). The latter is called Martyr's Day. Gandhi's ashes were sent to the Ganges, other sites in India, the Nile (Uganda) & Pacific Palisades, California (USA).

Date? - Gandhi's Ashes, Aga Khan Palace, Pune, Maharashtra (India). Ashes of Gandhi's wife Kasturba [1869-1944] and secretary Mahdev Desai [1892-1942], both of whom died in Pune, are nearby (right image).

1955 - Mani Bhavan (Ghandi Sangaralaya), 19 Laburnum Road, Gamdevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra (India). "One of the few important places hallowed by Mahatma Gandhi's close association. A modest two-storied building in a comparatively quiet locality. Served as Gandhiji's Bombay head-quarters for about 17 long & eventful years (1917-1934). It belonged to Shri Revashankar Jagjeevan Jhaveri. It was from Mani Bhavan that Gandhi initiated Civil Disobedience, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements. In 1955 the building was dedicated as a memorial to Gandhiji." /// Right image shows Barack & Michell Obama in Gandhi's room (previously visited by Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Date? - "Gyarah Murti / Eleven Figures," Willingdon Crescent at Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi (India). Sculpted by Devi Prasad Roy Choudhary [1899-1975]. Depicts Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948] leading the Salt Satyagraha / Salt March from Ahmadabad to Dandi in 1930. Click here to see the sculpture on the 500 rupee banknote. Click here for one attempt to identify the 10 figures other than Gandhi.
Date? - Replica of Gyarah Murti / Eleven Figures, Gandhi Square, Kottayam (India). Placed in connection with the district conference of the Congress Party.
Date? - Seated Statue of Gandhi, Immediately opposite Gate No. 1, Parliament House, New Delhi (India). Duplicate at Gandhinagar, Gujarat? A 16-feet high bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi sculpted by the renowned artist Ram V Sutar. "His heroic size bust of Mahatma Gandhi is one of his well known creations and copies of it have been presented by the Govt. of India to foreign countries like Russia, England, Malaysia France, Italy, Argentina, Barbados and Caracas [sic]... His long cherished dream of a unique monument befitting of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi however, still awaits fulfilment."
Date? - Standing Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, among government buildings, Mumbai, Maharashtra (India).
Date? - Seated Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, at police station, Juhu Beach, Mumbai, Maharashtra (India). Click here for air view. Photo by EWL.
Date? - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Marina Beach, Chennai (India).
Date? - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Pondicherry (India).
Date? - Seated Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, _____ Library, Sangli, Maharashtra (India). Photo by EWL.

1955 - Gandhi Memorial Museum, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Tammukkam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu (India). Housed in the historic Tamukkam Palace of Rani Mangammal of Nayak dynasty built about 1670 AD. Listed in UN directory "Peace Museums Worldwide" (1998). /// "Gandhi Memorial museum or Mahatma Gandhi museum Madurai, established in 1959, is a memorial museum for Gandhi placed in the town of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India. Called Gandhi museum, itís currently one of the five Gandhi Sanghralayas (Gandhi Museums) in the country. And as well as one of the part of the blood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was dead by Nathuram Godse [sic]."
January 30, 1961 - National Gandhi Museum & Library, Rajghat, New Delhi, (India). Occupied present location in 1961, but origins of the museum go back to 1951. Operated by Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Samiti. Listed in UN directory "Peace Museums Worldwide" (1998).
Date? - Gandhi Mandapam / Gandhi Memorial, Kanniyakumari, Tamil Nadu (India). "Constructed at the spot where the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept for public view before a portion of its contents was immersed in the three seas. It resembles an Oriyan temple and was designed so that on Gandhiji's birthday (2nd October), the sun's rays fall on the place where his ashes were kept."

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Before 1963 - Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gugarat (India). Also called Harijan Ashram or Gandhi Ashram. On bank of Sabarmati River adjacent to Gandhi Memorial Instituton. Sabarmati is the starting point of the Salt March in 1930 (right image). Ashram complex includes historic preservations, prayer ground, school, and artisenal factories. When opened to the public?

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May 10, 1963 - Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya / Gandhi Memorial Institution, Ahmedabad, Gugarat (India). On bank of Sabarmati River adjacent to Sabarmati Ashram (also called Harijan Ashram). "Houses personal memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhi. Consequently the exhibits on view depict the vivid and historic events of Gandhiji's life. There are books, manuscripts and photostat copies of his correspondence, photographs of Gandhiji with his wife Kasturba and other ashram associates, life size oil paintings and actual relics like his writing desk and spinning wheel." Operated by Sabarmati Ashar Preservation & Memorial Trust. Listed in UN directory "Peace Museums Worldwide" (1998).

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After 1963? - Seated Statue of Gandhi, Ahmenabad, Gugarat (India). On bank of Sabarmati River adjacent to Gandhi Memorial Institution.
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Date? - Standing Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Ahmedabad (India). At intersection just west of Sabaramati River bridge. Completely surrounded by traffic. Just south of Sabarmati Ashram, this intersection is where Gandhi's 1930 Salt March turned left in order to cross the Sabarmati River en route to Dandi. Photo by EWL.
Date? - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Chowk, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand (India). Opposite Missoorie Library (1843). IBN Live 30May2011: "A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was desecrated in Gandhi Chowk area of Mussoorie following which two persons have been arrested, police said on Monday. Sanjiv Kumar and Harkesh Singh, both residents of Najafgarh area in Delhi, were arrested and jailed yesterday for allegedly desecrating the statue while they were in an inebriated state. The Mussoorie Municipal Council has removed the desecrated statue and installed a new one in its place, they said."
1969 - Aga Kahn Palace, Pune, Maharashtra (India). Where Gandhi, his wife Kasturba & his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai were interned from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944 (& where the latter two died). Palace built in 1892. Museum management transferred to the Gandhi Memorial Society in 1980.
1969? - Gandhi Darshan or Gandhi Samadhi, Rajghat, New Delhi (India). Merged in September 1984 with Gandhi Smriti (qv) to form "Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti" (GSDS).

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August 15, 1973 - Gandhi Smriti, Birla Bhavan / Birla House, 5 Tees January Marg, New Delhi (India). Home of industrialist Ghanshyam Das Birla [1894-1983]. Now includes Gandhi museum, bookshop, room in which Gandhi lodged for 144 days after September 9, 1947, his last footsteps on January 30, 1948, and the garden in which he was assassinated. Merged in September 1984 with Gandhi Darshan (qv) to form "Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS).
Date? - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Smriti, Birla Bhavan / Birla House, New Delhi (India). Depicts Gandhi with two harijan / untouchable children. Sculpted by Ram V. Sutar. Duplicate statues at Sandur, Bangalore, and Delhi Public School, Noida.
2005 - Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya / Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, Maharashtra (India). An Indian central university established for the promotion & development of Hindi language & literature, through teaching and research. "The only one central university of the west zone which provides large spectrum of deciplines for the students to think broadly."
September 11, 2006 - Gong Perdamaian Dunia / World Peace Gong #2 (WPG #2), Gandhi Smriti, Birla Bhavan / Birla House, New Delhi (India). Second permanent WPG. Dedicated by Gandhi's great grand-daughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee on centennial of Gandhi's Satyagraha speech in the Empire Theater, Johannesburg (South Africa). Vistited by EWL. Other World Peace Gongs in Bali (Indonesia), Geneva (Switzerland), Shandong (China), Godollo (Hungary), Vientiane (Laos), etc.
August 16, 2013 - Bust of Mahatma Gandhi, Woodstock School, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand (India). Unveiled on Indian Independence Day. There was an extra treat this year, with the unveiling of a bust of Gandhi-ji, created by alumnus Jim Havens í57, and donated & shipped [fom the USA] by his class. It was unveiled by classmate Sylvia Skinner Mahindroo." /// The school already had a stainless steel Cuneiform peace sculpture by Havens unveiled in 2004.

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