Discover India - Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It is also known as Harijan Ashram, Satyagraha Ashram and Gandhi Ashram. Sabarmati Ashram was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915. Significance of the AshramSabarmati Ashram was the scene of many events of the Indian Independence movement. 

Memories attached to Ashram 

It reminds everyone of the most inspiring leader of the world in the 20th century, Gandhiji, his life, his message and his service to the nation. Gandhiji made it his home, and in March 1930, he embarked on his famous march to Dandi in Gujarat, for the Salt Satyagraha (Dandi March). He vowed never to return to the ashram until India became independent and after independence also he could not return as he tried to bring calm at various places in India under mob violence and chaos due to partition. He died on 30th January, 1948 through a bullet of Hindu fanatic Nathuram Godse in Delhi's Birla House.

Foundation and principles of Ashram 

Sabarmati Ashram was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 after his return from South Africa. He had realised from his days spent in South Africa that the Ashram like this can help in community building exercise to eradicate social problems of India. He hoped it can shine as an example to Indian society of peaceful co-exsistence. 

The main object of the ashram was to qualify for and make a constant endeavour towards national service. Prayer formed an important part of the ashram life and other conditions for the inmates included self-help, belief in humanity, respect for all religions, and eradication of practice of harassment of people on caste basis and treating them as untouchables. Sabarmati Ashram has now turned into a pilgrimage centre, to pay homage to the Mahatma. 

Various rooms at the ashram 

'Hridaya kunj' was the residential quarters of Gandhiji. It has been left untouched to serve as an exhibit. It has Gandhiji's trademark glasses, the charkha or the spinning wheel, which he used to spun khadi, and other articles of personal use. 

'Upasana Bhomi' or 'Upasana Mandir' is an open-air prayer ground. Here, Gandhiji used to refer to individual questions after prayers. 

'Vinoba Kutir' was named after Acharya Vinoba Bhave (social reformer) who stayed here. It is also known as Mira Kutir after Mirabahen, Gandhiji's disciple, daughter of a British Admiral. 

'Nandini' was the guesthouse of the ashram during the freedom struggle.

'Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay' is the museum at the ashram. It treasures memory of the great leader in the form of his original letters, photos, relics and Gandhian literature. One can see the 'three wise monkeys' (see no evil, hear no evil, talk no evil) and many more of Gandhiji's teachings at the ashram premises. 

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