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Raj Ghat

📍 Raj Ghat, DelhiView map ›

🗓 Best Time To Visit:October to March

⏰ Open Hours:Open 24 hours

🧳 Traveller Types:History buffs, Peace seekers, Photographers

🏦 Budget:Free entry

🚁 Distance from Airport:17 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport

🚄 Distance from Railway:4 km from New Delhi Railway Station

📍 Distance from Important Towns:3 km from Connaught Place, 5 km from India Gate

🏞 Known For:Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Eternal flame, Beautiful gardens

📌 Unique Aspects:Black marble platform marking Gandhi's cremation spot

📸 Things to Do:Pay tribute, Meditate, Photography, Attend prayer session

💡 Tips:Footwear needs to be removed before entering the platform area, Photography is not allowed inside the museum

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Raj Ghat: A Tribute to the Father of the Nation

Have you ever wondered where the soul of India resides? Where the spirit of freedom and justice lives on? Where the legacy of one of the greatest men in history is honored and celebrated? If you are looking for such a place, then you should visit Raj Ghat in New Delhi, India.

Raj Ghat is a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India’s independence movement and the apostle of peace and non-violence. It is located on the banks of the Yamuna river, where Gandhi’s mortal remains were cremated on January 31, 1948, a day after his assassination by a fanatic.

Raj Ghat is a simple yet elegant structure, consisting of a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi’s cremation. The platform is surrounded by a lush green garden that symbolizes Gandhi’s love for nature and simplicity. On the platform, there is an eternal flame that burns continuously, representing Gandhi’s immortal spirit and ideals. The platform also bears Gandhi’s last words, “Hey Ram” (Oh God), inscribed in Hindi.

Raj Ghat is not only a memorial, but also a pilgrimage site for millions of Indians and foreigners who come to pay their respects to Gandhi and his teachings. It is a place where people can find peace, inspiration, and solace in the midst of the chaos and noise of Delhi.

It is a place where people can learn more about Gandhi’s life, philosophy, and contribution to India and the world.

History of Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat has a rich and fascinating history that reflects the evolution of India as a nation and a democracy. The name Raj Ghat means “King’s Bank” or “Royal Steps” in Hindi, and it was originally used for a historic ghat (a flight of steps leading down to a river) where several Mughal emperors were cremated.

However, after India gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1947, Raj Ghat became the site of Gandhi’s cremation, as he was considered the “Father of the Nation” by many Indians. Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist who opposed Gandhi’s efforts to reconcile Hindus and Muslims after the partition of India and Pakistan.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat - (c) Millenium Post

Gandhi’s death shocked and saddened the entire nation and the world. His funeral procession was attended by over two million people who followed his body from Birla House (where he was shot) to Raj Ghat (where he was cremated). His funeral pyre was lit by his son Ramdas Gandhi, while his other son Devdas Gandhi collected his ashes.

The design of Raj Ghat was chosen by Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister and Gandhi’s close associate. He selected a simple black marble platform that contrasted with the colorful flowers and flags that adorned Gandhi’s coffin. He also chose to leave the platform open to the sky, without any roof or enclosure, to signify Gandhi’s openness and accessibility to all people.

The construction of Raj Ghat was completed in 1951, and it was inaugurated by President Rajendra Prasad on May 30, 1951. Since then, Raj Ghat has become a symbol of peace and non-violence for India and the world. It has also become a tradition for visiting dignitaries and heads of state to lay wreaths at Raj Ghat as a mark of respect for Gandhi and his ideals.

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Visiting Raj Ghat

If you are planning to visit Raj Ghat, here are some practical information and tips that will help you make the most of your visit:

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Raj Ghat is open every day from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. There is no entry fee for visiting Raj Ghat. However, you will have to deposit your shoes at a counter before entering the premises. You will also have to observe silence and remove your footwear while walking on the platform.

How to reach:

Raj Ghat is easily accessible by various modes of transportation from different parts of Delhi. You can take a metro train to Pragati Maidan station or Indraprastha station and then take an auto-rickshaw or a taxi to Raj Ghat. You can also take a bus to Delhi Gate or Raj Ghat bus stop and then walk to Raj Ghat. Alternatively, you can hire a car or a bike and drive to Raj Ghat via Mahatma Gandhi Road or Ring Road.

When you visit Raj Ghat, you should not miss the opportunity to attend the prayer meet that is held every Friday at 4:00 pm. This is the day when Gandhi used to hold his public meetings and address the masses. The prayer meet consists of recitation of verses from various religious scriptures, such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Quran, the Bible, and the Guru Granth Sahib, followed by singing of Gandhi’s favorite hymns, such as “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” and “Vaishnav Jan To”.

You should also take some time to read the inscriptions on the walls of Raj Ghat that contain quotations from Gandhi’s speeches and writings. These inscriptions reflect Gandhi’s views on various topics, such as truth, non-violence, freedom, justice, religion, and humanity. They also convey Gandhi’s message of hope and courage to the present and future generations.

You should also explore the surroundings of Raj Ghat that are equally serene and beautiful. You can visit the Gandhi Museum that is located near Raj Ghat and displays various artifacts and memorabilia related to Gandhi’s life and work. You can also visit the Gandhi Darshan that is an exhibition hall that showcases Gandhi’s achievements and impact on India and the world. You can also visit the other memorials or museums near Raj Ghat that are dedicated to other prominent leaders or personalities of India, such as Jawaharlal Nehru (Shanti Van), Indira Gandhi (Shakti Sthal), Rajiv Gandhi (Veer Bhumi), Lal Bahadur Shastri (Vijay Ghat), and Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Sadaiv Atal).

Raj Ghat is more than just a memorial. It is a tribute to the Father of the Nation who inspired millions of people with his vision and values. It is a place where you can connect with your roots and your identity as an Indian. It is a place where you can learn from the past and look forward to the future. It is a place where you can find peace, inspiration, and solace in the midst of the chaos and noise of Delhi.

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Raj Ghat Reviews

"𝔽𝕚𝕣𝕤𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕚𝕘𝕟𝕠𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦, 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕣𝕚𝕕𝕚𝕔𝕦𝕝𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦.. .. 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘯." https://youtu.be/CSaNaSyLQkI Before coming to India, we only knew - parts of - Gandhi's incredible life story from history classes back in the days. But since we've been travelling in India for over a year now, our fascination ofcourse grew and we got to know more and more about this 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 and his message of love, truth and non-violence. ▫️Gandhi, the Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, "employed non-violent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British rule. And because of that, inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world." Wikipedia says. ▫️The honorific title Mahatma - "great-souled" in Sanskrit, - he first received in 1914 in South Africa and has been used all over the world ever since. ▫️ India houses a number of Gandhi Museums, where an amazing archive of Gandhis writings, his philosophy and teachings and even his belongings are being preserved. In December 2019 we got the chance to visit the Gandhi Smriti or Remembrance (formerly known as Birla House). ▫️At this location Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life. You'll find an exhibition on the Mahatma, and you can visit the room where he lived in. with his last worldly remainings in it. The Smriti is also the prayer ground where Gandhi was assassinated on the 30th of January 1948, and fell a martyr "with God’s name on his lips". In 1996 the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued the Gandhi Series of banknotes. Since that year you can not only find the Red Fort on Indian banknotes, but also the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.💸🤍 #mahadmagandhi#gandhi#gandhismriti#remembrance#newdelhi#love#truth#nonviolence#fatherofthenation#last144days#birlahouse#worldlyremainings#martyr#digitalart#ibispaintx#quik#youcut#breuhuys (Music: Energy / Artist: Morillo - Music: Daisys / Artist B Lewis)
Then it was time to head to Raj Ghat, the gardens now serving as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, as he was assassinated here on 30th January 1948. Incidentally, what you might not know (as I certainly didn't) is that Gandhi's actual name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - the honorific appellation 'Mahatma', meaning 'high-souled' or 'venerable' was first given to him in South Africa in 1914. Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu zealot at point blank range; it was customary for Indians to pay respect to their elders by kneeling at their feet, and so, under this pretence, Gandhi's killer was able to get so close he couldn't possibly miss. A somewhat cowardly way of going about it, if you ask me - and Gandhi's alleged last words, "Oh God" (which sound to me more like a blurted curse than the profound utterance of a holy man), don't really seem to merit their fame either. Of course, it's natural to wish to glorify the death of someone so influential and so inherently good, but I do think that, given the amount of really poignant statements Gandhi made throughout his lifetime, this was a poor choice of quotation to use as his epitaph. The rest of the memorial was very well done - since the traditional Indian funeral proceeding is to cast the person's ashes into the River Ganges, Gandhi is commemorated by a large black stone surrounded by lush, symmetrical gardens. Visitors can remove their shoes and walk right up to the stone, or ascend a ramp leading to an open veranda lined with colourful flowers, which surrounds the memorial.
From here we proceed to the Raj Ghat which is the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. Beautiful flower gardens cover the entire complex. The hot floor there is covered by carpets so that Imagepeople can walk up to the Samadhi to pay their homage to the Mahatma. There are many more beautiful gardens and samadhis in the same complex. However, you can skip them to save time.
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