Rajghat is the final resting place of 'Father of the Nation', Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who is popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi throughout the world. The word 'Mahatma' means pious soul and that is what Gandhi Ji was. His experiment with simple human theories such as Satya (Truth) and Ahimsa (Non-Violence) has been successful in achieving freedom for the week and down trodden in many countries. He was shot dead by a Hindu Fanatic belonging to a rightwing organization in India.
The cremation ground is now marked by a square platform made of black
marble stone. It is a very simple and elementary structure made to
commemorate the memories of a man who himself was very simple in his
lifestyle and approach. 4 stone footpaths approach the consecrated
platform each from the 4 gates. The structure is located amidst acres of
beautiful sprawling gardens. There are labeled trees near the platform.
These trees were planted by visiting dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth
II, Ho Chi Minh, Yaser Arafat, Colonel Nasser, Marshal Tito, the former
Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitman and Paul Keating and the former
US presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Regan.
Amid black platform there is an eternal flame, which burns day and
night. On the platform is written 'Hey Ram', the last words of Gandhi Ji
when he was shot dead. The place is thronged by people of all class,
caste, religion and nationality which demonstrate the love he commands
among the masses. The fact that his following cuts across any possible
manmade division is itself a thought to be mused in a world which is
increasingly becoming polarized.
|Location||Delhi Sadar on the bank of River Yamuna.|
|How to Reach||Take an auto or cab or disembark at Indraprastha Metro station|
|Timing||All weeklong from Sunrise to Sunset.|