Mahatma Gandhi’s house and museum is located in Mumbai, India. He was born October 2, 1869, and died January 30, 1948, in Delhi, India. He is known as one of the world’s most transformative and inspirational people. Throughout his life, Gandhi was a fearless campaigner for the rights and dignity of all people, whose constant and unwavering promotion of non-violence as a tool to win over hearts and minds has forever left its mark on the world.
He died before I was born and I really knew very little about him but when I was in Mumbai, India I could not miss the opportunity to visit the museum of his house. The photos below are of the house where he lived and the museum is inside. The second photo is of the plaque in front of the house.
Visiting his house made an impression on me for two reasons.
First, he was not the same kind of leader that we have today. He lived the same economic lifestyle as the people that he was leading. He lived very modestly which is shown by the bed that he slept in and the cloths that he wore.
Second, he had a vision that he so strongly believed in that was willing to personally sacrifice so that he could improve the lives of others. Some of his vision were posted on the walls. Two of these visions are shown in the photos below.
If you are like me, you may know who Mahatma Gandhi was but not know some of the things that he said or believed so I want to share some of his famous quotes.
Even though Mahatma Gandhi has been gone for almost 75 years, I believe that we as individuals can benefit from his lessons and our society would be much better if our leaders had attitudes like his.
Raj Ghat is a memorial cemetery in Delhi, India. The cemetery contains monuments to various Indian leaders at the site of their cremations. The best known is that of Mahatma Gandhi. His site is marked by a black marble slab with fresh flowers and an eternal flame burning.
When I visited there were small groups continually walking around the roped off site to respectfully visit Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial.
Prior to my visits to Mahatma Gandhi’s house/museum I knew very little about Mahatma Gandhi but visiting the museum gave me more insight about his life and his beliefs.
The museum shows lots of details of his life, important events and collections of the words and actions that expressed his beliefs. The most memorable artifacts for me was reading a letter that he wrote to Adolf Hitler in July of 1939 appealing for him not to go to war and a second letter he wrote in 1940 appealing for him to stop the war.
Mahatma Gandhi’s words were truly powerful and his choice of lifestyle was equally powerful. He backed up his words by the life that he led.
Raj Ghat is a place of extreme calm in the middle of the busy city of Delhi, India. My visit to Raj Ghat impacted me because I was surprised to see so many people of all ages paying their respects to the life of Mahatma Gandhi even after so many years. I think this is a testimony to how much he was respected.
One of Mahatma Gandhi’s quotes was “Your action expresses your priorities”. This quote is proven by the actions of so many people coming to show their respect for him.