“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”
These are the lines of the Father of our Nation or Bapu. He was the one who believed in the non-violence and unity of the people and brought spirituality in Indian politics. He worked hard for the removal of the untouchability in the Indian society, upliftment of the backward classes in India, raised voice to develop villages for social development, inspired Indian people to use swadeshi goods and other social issues. He brought common people in front to participate in the national movement and inspired them to fight for their true freedom. Yes, I am talking about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi.
Born on October 2nd, 1869 in Porbandar, Kathiawar, India, Mahatma Gandhi was a primary leader of India’s independence movement and also the architect of a form of non-violent civil disobedience that influenced the world. He was assassinated on 30th January 1948 by a nationalist named Nathuram Godse who believed that Bapu was the reason behind the division of India.
A day after his assassination, on 31st January 1948 Bapu was cremated at Rajghat ( Rajghat was previously known as Raj Ghat gate) and here his last rites were performed.
This cremation spot was later converted into the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, known as Rajghat. It is located between Ring Road (officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road) and the banks of the Yamuna River, towards the southeast of Red Fort, and four kilometers away from Janpath, towards the northeast of Feroz Shah Kotla.
The Rajghat complex is very beautifully designed with gardens and greenery everywhere. There are trees planted which were planted by various dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II, former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitman, Ho Chi Minh, former US President Dwight Eisenhower, and many others.
The spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated is a black marble platform. At one end an eternal flame is burning and on the other end “Hey Ram” is inscribed which are supposed to be Bapu’s last words when he was shot.
The Rajghat complex not only has the Samadhi sthal of Mahatma Gadhi but there are also the memorials of Rajeev Gandhi (Veer Bhumi), Indira Gandhi ( Shakti Sthal), Ch Charan singh ( Kisan ghat) and Ch Devi Lal ( Sangharsh sthal).
The entire Rajghat area attracts tourists from all the parts of India and also from around the world not only because of its historical importance but also because of the serene, beautiful and green environment.
So if you happen to visit Delhi or the Delhites are looking for a peaceful place to just relax then mark Rajghat on the top of your list.
Also, Jawaharlal Nehru’s samadhi is to the north of the Raj Ghat and is known as the Shantivan or Shanti Vana meaning the “forest of peace”
How to Reach –
Nearest metro – Indraprastha / Pragati Maidan ( blue line)
Chandani chowk ( yellow line)
You can also opt for DTC buses – Bus no 309, 347, 423, 502.
There is no problem of parking if you are going by your own vehicle as the parking area is free for all the visitors and moreover there is a cafeteria and also a bookstore and a souvenir store.
There are no entry charges. No photography or videography charges.
Food items are not allowed inside the complex.
Timings – 9.30 am to 6 pm.
No closing day.
Best time to Visit – Winter ( October – March)