Raj Ghat, Delhi

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    Raj Ghat, Delhi.

    by pfsmalo Written May 24, 2014
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    In an immense park on the banks of the Yamuna river lies the memorial of black marble on the site of the cremation of Mahatma Gandhi. Assassinated in January 1948, he was cremated here the next day. Every day the flowers on the marble slab are changed and an eternal flame burns. There is also a ceremony every Friday. Footwear should be removed in respect. The site is revered by the Indians and there is a permanent file of people around the monument. Best time to go is early morning.
    If you have time there are some other memorials in the park, notably Indira Gandhi, Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi.

    Admission to the site is free.

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    The tomb of Mahatma Gandhi

    by Bernd_L Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    Raj Ghat - the tomb of Mahatma Gandhi

    Mahatma Gandhi, Indias most famous leader, was buried near the banks of the Yamuna river after he had been assassinated. His tomb, called Raj Ghat is a memorial site that is visited by hundreds of people every day.

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    Royal Steps: Gandhi's Cremation Site

    by Donna_in_India Written Oct 27, 2011

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    Raj Gaht - Gandhi Memorial

    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.

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    Raj Ghat : The Mausoleum of Gandhi!

    by goutammitra Written Aug 27, 2011

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    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!

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    Memorial to Gandhi

    by smirnofforiginal Written Apr 30, 2010

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    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!

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    Raj Ghat - Gandhi Memorial

    by illumina Written Feb 15, 2010

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    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.

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    Raj Ghat, Delhi

    by chizz Updated Jan 26, 2010

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    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.

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    Gandhi National Museum & Library

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Sep 26, 2007

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    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.

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    Raj Ghat

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 5, 2007

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    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.

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    Ghandi's Memorial

    by skootter01 Written Jan 29, 2007

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    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.

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    for the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi

    by Hui-Hui Updated Nov 6, 2006

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    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.

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    Gandhi's Memorial

    by Scarlie Written Nov 6, 2005

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    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.

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    The Raj Ghat Memorial

    by grets Written May 30, 2005

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    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)

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    Raj Ghat

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 26, 2003

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    flowers on Ghandi's final resting place

    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.

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    Rajghat/Ghandi Cremation point (Old Dehli)

    by PCuk Written Jul 17, 2003

    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"

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