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Gandhi Museum Madurai

Gandhi Museum, Madurai is 5km to the North-east of the city is Rani Mangammal's 300 yrs old 17th century palace, which is now the Gandhi Memorial Museum. The museum houses a picture gallery, a gallery of relics, personal memorabilia of the Mahatma, blood stained clothes while he was sprayed with bullets are all on exhibition. It has a collection of Gandhi's books and letters and a fine exhibition of South Indian Village Industries and handicrafts.

Gandhi Museum MaduraiMohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was a prominent political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of satyagraha —resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence — which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He is commonly known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi (Mahatma is Sanskrit for "Great Soul", it is similar in usage to the modern Christian term saint, an honorific first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore) and in India also as Bapu. He is officially honoured in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.

The Gandhi Memorial Trust decided on seven locations which had close associations with Gandhiji's life. Madurai was one of the selected locations, for it was here that Gandhiji chose the loin cloth as his dress, until all Indians could dress properly. Also Gandhiji succeeded in his struggle to allow harijans to enter the Hindu temples here. He entered the Meenakshi Amman temple along with the harijans. The Gandhi Memorial Museum at Madurai has been built and organised by Gandhi Smarak Nidhi.

This is the first Gandhi Memorial Museum inaugurated in India, by the former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 15th Apr. 1959.

Gandhi Memorial Museum in Madurai comes under the Peace Museums Worldwide selected by United Nations Organisation(UNO). It is published in the United Nations Publications on Peace in 1995 edited by Peter van den Dept. of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, U.K.

Gandhi Museum MaduraiThere is also an exact replica of Gandhiji's hut in Sevagram. The Museum is not merely a building preserving and showing exhibhits, however precious. It seeks to help an ever-increasing number of people,particularly the youth of the country, to understand and to value of the life, work and teachings of Gandhiji. Thus there are inside the compound,besides the museum proper,a growing library with attached auditorium for classes and lectures,a department of research,a big open air theatre with a seating capacity for 8000 people for cultural programmes and public meetings, and a section showing the best samples of the village industries and handicrafts of South India. Gandhi Memorial Museum in Madurai comes under the Peace Museums Worldwide selected by United Nations Organisation(UNO). It is published in the United Nations Publications on Peace in 1995 edited by Peter van den Dungen of the Dept. of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, U.K.

Golden Jubilee Year : 1959 - 2009

GANDHI MUSEUM - HISTORY

Mahatma Gandhi , lovingly called as "Father of the Nation" by the Indians was assassinated on 30th Jan. 1948 while proceeding to join an Inter-relegious Prayer at the Birla House, New Delhi. Soon after this historic vaccum an appeal was issued to the public for funds to build suitable memorial to Gandhiji. The rich and the poor vied with each other in contributing their mite and on that basis the Gandhi Memorial Trust (Gandhi Smarak Nidhi), New Delhi came into existence.

The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi had allocated Rs.10 million for the purpose of establishing Gandhi Memorial Museums in select geographical locations in India associated with the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. The seven locations were New Delhi (North India), Barrackpore near Calcutta (East India), Patna and Wardha (Central India), Ahmedabad and Mumbai (West India) and Madurai (South India).

Gandhi Museum MaduraiThe building that houses the Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai is the historic Tamukkam Palace of Rani Mangammal of Nayak dynasty built about 1670 A.D. Later, this was under the occupation of the Nawab of Carnatic, The East India Company and a few others. Finally the Palace had remained for many years as the official residence of the British District Collector of Madurai. It was in 1955 the Palace with about 13 acres of land was gifted by the Tamil Nadu State Government to the All India Gandhi Smarak Nidhi for the purpose of housing Gandhi Memorial Museum. Besides the major renovation to the original building a complete new wing on the northern side was constructed for the Library as also several other buildings and an Open Air Theatre.
 

Address: Gandhi Memorial Museum, Tamukkam, Madurai 625 020, Tamil Nadu, India
Telephone: +91-452-5544 930 / 2531 060
E-mail: info@gandhimmm.org
For More Information: http://www.gandhimmm.org & http://www.clickmadurai.net/gandhi/gandhi.htm


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Distance: 0.6km away from Anna Bus Stand
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The museum now houses a brilliantly stocked library, with a lot of options for some excellent academic research. They also run the popular and prestigious Gandhi Memorial Lecture Series from time to time, inviting scholars to present research papers. The museum is also home to wonderful galleries, each dedicated to a different strand of Indian history. These galleries include "India Fights for Freedom", "Visual Biography of Mahatama Gandhi" and "Relics and Replicas". The ground floor of the museum also houses a unique collection of stamps and letters at the Philatelic Museum, dedicated to Gandhi.

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