On October 2, let's pay homage to the global icon, freedom fighter, non-violence pioneer and renowned influencer, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka Mahatma Gandhi aka the Father of the Nation.
Mahatma Gandhi's work cannot be expressed in words. Mahatma Gandhi not only led the freedom movement during the infamous colonization by the British government, but he also upheld Indian values and principles and laid a foundation for future generations.
Though he is long gone, his principles and sacrifices will always be remembered and mourned in India. Gandhi's legendary life has set a tune, reason, rhyme, and melody in the Indian History books.
Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869. For his notable contributions and the reasons mentioned above, his birth anniversary is celebrated across India as Gandhi Jayanti and is declared a national holiday in India. Internationally, October 2nd is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence as Gandhiji was the preacher of non-violence.
There are 36 memorials dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in India. However, Raj Ghat is the most visited memorial in India. The ghat, located on the banks of River Yamuna, marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, Antim Sanskar on January 31st, 1948, a day after his assassination. And If you happen to be in Delhi, don't forget to visit Raj Ghat.
Attractions in Raj Ghat
Raj Ghat is home to many notable leaders memorial. A black marble platform marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, and it is left open to the sky while an immortal flame burns at one end. Besides Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial, you can also find Jawaharlal Nehru's memorial called the forest of peace and K R Narayan's cremation spot at the northern part in Raj Ghat. Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, GianiZail Singh, Chandra Shekar, and I K Gujral are a few other notable people's memorials found in Raj Ghat.
How to Reach Raj Ghat
By Air: Indira Gandhi International Airport, is the prime airport in Delhi. And it is well connected to all the domestic and many international destinations.
By Train: New Delhi railway station (station code: NDLS), situated between Ajmeri Gate and Paharganj is the main railway station in Delhi.
By Road: The Maharana Pratap Inter-state bus terminus popularly known as Kashmere Gate ISBT or ISBT, located in Delhi is the oldest and one of the biggest Inter State Bus Terminals in India.
Best Time to Visit Raj Ghat
Summer Season is not recommended as humidity and heat of the city can cause dehydration. The best season to visit Raj Ghat is winter. The weather is pleasant during winter in Delhi, making it easy for tourists and visitors to visit the memorial. If you visit on Gandhi Jayanthi, you might come across a large crowd paying homage to the great leader.
Time And Entry Fee
The memorial is open through out the year and entry charges are not imposed on any of the visitors.