The Sabarmati Ashram is the heart of India’s fight for independence. It is where it all started. The city of Ahmedabad witness one of the largest
civil disobedience movements of all times in world history when Gandhiji led lakhs of common Indian citizens to protest against the salt tax imposed by the British.
Gandhi started with a few hundred supporters from the historic Sabarmati Ashram which later came to be known as the Dandi Ashram because of the famous Dandi March of 1930. The crowd grew with time and by the time Gandhiji reached the shores of the sea Dandi; he had gathered almost 11 lakh supporters.
The Sabarmati Ashram is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River. I had to travel just 13 km from my hotel in Ahmedabad to reach the Ashram.
The Ashram and its surrounding areas have been preserved by the Government of India as a historic monument in order to pay homage to the Father of the Nation and also remind ourselves of his
principles, ideologies and methods. Non-violence and harmony is still the guiding force behind the Indian Democracy. The Sabarmati Ashram has helped preserve this sentiment for decades and will
continue to do so in the future.
Gandhi Sangrahlay | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org
Although I am generally a fun loving person and monuments don’t interest me largely, yet the thought of glancing through Gandhiji’s lives and times, I could not resist. I am an extremely moody person, sometimes I am all about frolic and excitement and sometimes I am deeply philosophical, I believe it was in the latter state that I decided to visit the Sabarmati Ashram and I don’t regret it.
The Ashram has a collection of life-size portraits of the man himself known as “My Life is My Message”. The Hridaya Kunj has some rare collections of Gandhiji’s personal belongings. There is also a huge collection and exhibition of letters that Gandhi wrote and those which were written to him by other world leaders and visionaries. The Ashram also provides extensive walking tours which are not only touching but informative. The personal Charkha and writing table of Gandhiji are the most precious of the Ashram’s collections.
Charkha at Gandhi Ashram | Image Resource : wheelsonourfeet.com