Gandhi Smriti


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Now we're going to learn all about Mahatma Gandhi.

From Wikipedia:  Gandhi Smriti formerly known as Birla House or Birla Bhavan, is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, situated on Tees January Road, in New Delhi, India. It is the location where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated on January 30, 1948. It was originally the house of the Indian business tycoons, the Birla's family. It is now known as the Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum established in 2005.

 

The main house.

 

A weaving demonstration.

 

Oh look!  Monkeys!  Davinder says not to worry: the won't bother you unless you're holding some food carelessly.

 

Here's some info just in case your memory needs refreshing.  From Wikipedia: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
(2 October 1869 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable"), applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa, is now used worldwide.

 

This is the path he walked toward his assassination.

 

Don't go that way, Eric!  You're wearing shoes!

 

Gandhiji?  That's a new one.

 

There were wise Gandhi sayings all around the place.

 

That's where it happened, in that little gazebo on the right.

 

The place of Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom.

 

His final steps.

 

Looking back toward the Birla House.

 

That's Margo over there talking to Margaret.

 

That loggia over there shelters a large number of display panels that detail Gandhi's life and work.

 

I mean, these panels just go on forever.

 

Here's a sample.

 

And another.

 

Yet another.

 

And a nice memorial stone.

 

And a shrine to world peace.

 

Gandhi loves the little children, all the children of the world.

 

Bill was still bemused to see swastikas in the strangest places, like on the post on the left, but eventually he got over it.

 

Nice place.

 

What Gandhi did here.

 

Inside there's a museum with even more panels.

 

And dioramas! 

 

Lots of dioramas!

 

Very detailed dioramas.

 

The Gandhi Smriti is a worthy tribute to a great man.  I'm glad I got to see this.

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