Raj Ghat (meaning Royal Steps) is a beautiful, peaceful memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This simple and somber black granite platform marks the site where, on January 31, 1948, Gandhi's last rites/cremation were performed. An eternal flame burns perpetually in the middle (end) of the square stone. The memorial was designed to reflect Gandhi's simple life. The inscription in the stone, "He Ram" ("Oh God"), is believed to be Gandhi's last words.
Bright garlands of orange marigolds are laid on the platform. A commemorative ceremony is held every Friday. Prayer ceremonies are held on Gandhi's birthday (Oct. 2) and death anniversary (Jan. 30), when national leaders gather to honor Gandhi. It is customary for foreign leaders visiting Delhi to pay their respects to Gandhi by laying flowers or wreaths on the platform as well.
Beautiful lawns surround the walled enclosure that houses the memorial. A footpath leads to the memorial. You must remove your shoes before entering the enclosure.
It is said that 10,000 visitor's a day visit the memorial. If that is so, we were very lucky since it was hardly crowded when we visited. This was definitely the most special place in Delhi.
The memorial is located across the road from the Gandhi National Museum.
The Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhiji's cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi in India on Ring Road officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road. A stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial.
It attracts more than 10000 visitors a day!
It is a very quiet, peaceful place to visit; a place, perhaps, for reflection.
In the centre of well maintained gardens is the memorial - a slab of black marble which marks the spot of his cremation following his assasination (1948).
Around the sides of the garden are quotes and thoughts, engraved in a variety of languages.
You must remove your shoes before you proceed into the ground of the memorial. There is a small kiosk where you can leave your shoes (and pay). Alternatively on the right there are racks where you can place them for free. I took my chances and placed my stinky, old walking boots on the racks... as I had thought, nobody wanted them and they were there to greet me when I left!
Near the banks of the Yamuna river, a black marble platform marks the spot of Gandhi's cremation on 31 January 1948. An eternal flame burns in a glass case at one end, and Gandhi's supposed last words 'He Ram' are inscribed on the memorial.
The area surrounding the memorial is a landscaped area of gardens, and several other 'samadhis' or cremation places, of Indian notables are dotted throughout the park, including that of Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India 1947-64, and also Indira Gandhi, the first female Prime Minister until her assasination in 1984.
Shoes must be left at the entrance - there is a guarded section for which you have to pay about 10 rupees, or a self-service free section.
Here on the banks of the Yamuna River, is the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandi, who was cremated here on Jan 31, 1948. There is a simple open platform inscribed with Gandi's last words "Hey Ram". Nearby is the Gandhi Memorial Museum and cremation sites of 3 former Prime Ministers; Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Entry is free to the ghats, but shoes must be removed prior to visiting them. You can leave them at the gate for 10 rupees.
Situated opposite to Raj Ghat is the Gandhi Museum. Dedicated to the Father of the Nation, the museum contains some of his personal belongings.
There are five pavilions one can go through that comprise of sculpture, photographs and paintings of Gandhiji and the history of the Satyagraha movement as well as the philosophy of 'ahimsa' (non-violence).
A stone bowl and a brass plate, the clothes Gandhiji was wearing the day he was assassinated, a pair of wooden sandals are some of the things on display. There is also a library and an information centre in the same complex.
Located between the main Ring Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road) and the banks of the sacred Yamuna River, just southeast of the Red Fort, lies the cremation site of the Father of Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This memorial is popularly known as Rajghat. The site is known by its present name as it was once a prominent ghat or stepped embankment at the edge of the Yamuna River. Mahatma Gandhi was cremated here on 31st January 1948 following his assassination while walking to his customary prayer meeting at Birla House.
A simple square stone platform in black marble marks the site where this great leader and ideal of millions of people the world over, was cremated. A stone footpath approaches the consecrated platform, which is located amidst acres of beautiful gardens. There are labelled trees near the platform planted by visiting dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II, Ho Chi Minh, the former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitman and the former US president Dwight Eisenhower.
'Hey Ram'- the last words of Mahatma Gandhi are inscribed on the memorial platform, which is also flanked by an eternal flame. The area is very moving and quiet despite the traffic from the nearby road.
Open: April-September: 5.00 am-7.30 pm / October-March: 5.30 am-7.00 pm
Admission is free.
Ghandi's black marble monument is set in this grassy park just a little bit southeast of the Red Fort along the Yamuna River. The park is a nice place to escape from the city, and makes for a pleasant stroll as you check out other memorials dedicated to Indira Ghandi and others. Be sure to take off your shoes as you enter the actual monuments, and be sure to have some coins handy to pay the shoe-man at the entrance to Ghandi's monument. I think it was 5 rupees or something like that.
Rajghat is a huge park. There is a black marble platform that marked Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation on 31 January 1948 and on the platform an eternal flame burned in a glass cabinet. Mahatma Gandhi is National Father of India and Rajghat is a quiet and peaceful place for us to remember him...
Attention: It's necessary to remove shoes before entering the central part of the park.
The simple black marble platform surrounded by a neat lawn is a fitting monument to Mahatma Gandhi and a resting place of his ashes (they were scattered in the four cornes of India and some were placed also here). A remarkably peaceful spot despite the crowds of pilgrims coming to pay hommage. A commemorative ceremony is followed every Friday - the day of the assassination.
Must leave shoes just before entering the inner enclosure (there is a paid and unpaid shoe storage, 1rp per pair).
To the north you can also find the creamtion sites of Javaharlar Nehru and Indira, Rajiv and Sanjay Gandhi.
The square platform of black marble marks the spot where Gandhi was cremated in 1948. The ashes were strewn in the seas and all principal rivers. The platform's only inscription records his last words: 'He Ram' (Oh God)
Raj Ghat is a green peaceful place to visit in Delhi. It's Mahatma Ghandi's final resting place and it's inside a quiet well-looked after little park. The shrine itself is very simple: a raised square platform made of black marble and covered in flowers, with a perpetual flame burning at one end of it. When I was there, one day after Indedpendence day (15 August) the number of flowers formed a carpet over the shrine.
Entrance to the memorial is free, but you must take off your shoes to go near the shrine. At the entrance there are guarded shelves where you can leave your shoes.
This area is quite emotive.
Rajghat is the area that Mahatma Ghandi was cremated.A black platform stands in the middle of a low level stadium.It is usually covered in garlands and surrounded by people paying respect or what seemed to be mourning,The platform is inscribed with "He Ram" his last words meaning "Oh God"
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, or simply as Gandhi. He is credited with being almost single-handedly responsible for India attaining freedom.
However, to the world outside of India, he is credited with the philosophy of non-violence. His approach was a simple one: all our actions must be non-violent. Difficult? you bet!
Born on October 2nd, 1869, he hailed from a simple family in India's western state of Gujarat. He studied to be a lawyer and then left for England. Some years later, he went to South Africa, and while there started his non-violent activism against the government of South Africa. He returned home in 1921(? not sure - will check and update) and immediately came to the fore of India's freedom struggle. He lived to see his dream fulfilled. However, it was not as rosy a picture as he may have initially envisaged. Before his eyes, he saw his India being torn asunder, and this violence was to effect him personally too. On January 30, 1948, he was assassinated by a Hindu fundamentalist.
His thought and legacy, which have influenced latter-day activists such as Martin Kuther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela, are in danger of being wiped out in this modern world.
The memorial is a simple reminder to India and the world of one of the greatest public figures of the last century.
PHOTO CREDIT: j-san
nearly everyone who visits delhi visits the mahatma's 'samadhi' at the rajghat. a quite place , at least compared to the rest of the delhi. a very nice place to relax . a place where you'd be able to see all ur life in a just a few moments....magic isn't it11!!!