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Rajghat

Rajghat, or King’s Bank, is best known as the site where Mahatma Gandhi’s last rites were performed and where his memorial stands to this day.  Standing by the Yamuna River, it was once a part of the historic city of Shahjahanabad, now known as Old Delhi.  

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, was assassinated on 30th January 1948 in the garden of Birla Bhavan (now the Gandhi Smriti) by Nathuram Godse, a member of the extremist Hindu Mahasabha who disagreed with Gandhi’s policy of nonviolence and impartiality towards Muslims.  Despite protests by many people- including two of Gandhi’s sons and the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru that this would go against Gandhi’s ideals, he was sentenced to death and hanged on 15th November 1949.  Mahatma Gandhi was cremated 31st January in Rajghat, the spot marked by a black marble platform inscribed with the words, ‘He Ram’.  These were believed to have been Gandhiji’s last words.  Upon the platform is a lamp that is always kept burning.  The memorial can be found inside a walled enclosure which visitors can only enter after opening their shoes.  A memorial service is held here every Friday to commemorate Gandhi’s death.

Rajghat is on Mahatma Gandhi Marg in New Delhi and can be reached via bus or cab.
 


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