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Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram is also known as Harijan Ashram, Gandhi Ashram and Satyagraha Ashram and is located on the banks of Sabarmati River, four miles from the town hall. This was one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi and he lived in this place for 12 years with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi.

The famous Dandi March or Salt Satyagraha was started from this place by Gandhijion 12 March 1930.

Indian Government has established this ashram as national monument to mark the significance of the place in India’s freedom movement.

This ashram was originally established at the Kocharab Bungalow of Jivanlal Desai, friend of Gandhiji, on 25th May, 1915. At that time this ashram was also known as Satyagraha Ashram. But Gandhiji wantedto do various activities like animal husbandry and farming so he needed a bigger land parcel. On 17 June 1917, the ashram was relocated on the banks of Sabarmati river, and it came to be known as Sabarmati Ashram.

The ashram has a museum, the Gandhi SmarakSangrahalayawhich is located in HridayaKunjwhich is also Gandhiji’s own cottage. The museum was built in 1963, designed by Charles Correa.

Other buildings and sites which are part of the ashram are:

  1. Nandini - situated on the right hand side of 'HridayaKunj' and is used as a guest house for visitors from India and abroad.
  2. VinobaKutir - named after Acharya VinobaBhave who had stayed here. It is also known as Mira Kutir after Gandhiji's disciple Mirabehn who later lived there.
  3. UpasanaMandir - situated between HridayaKunj and MaganNivas. It is an prayer ground, wherein Gandhijiwould refer to individual's questions after his prayers and would try to analyse and solve these queries.
  4. MaganNiwas - This was the home of Maganlal Gandhi who served as the ashram manager.

The charka and writing table of Gandhijiisone of the few tourist attractions.It remains open from 8.00am to 7.00.pm for the visitors every day.

 

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