Gandhi

We arrived in Pune, India, late last night from Chennai. Today’s adventure consisted of a three-hour nap, followed by a buffet lunch. Once we gathered ourselves and overcame some of the travel tiredness, we headed out to see the Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892.

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It is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, and his secretary were held from 1942 to 1944 for starting the Quit India Movement. The secretary and Kasturba died while there. The building and grounds are beautiful. Inside, there are paintings, photographs, statues, and personal effects of Gandhi’s.

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Outside, there is a peaceful garden tucked away in the back with a monument marking the place where Gandhi’s ashes lie. I felt it appropriate to bow and say namaste while there.

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It rained softly during our visit. It was peaceful and reminded me of what a remarkable person he and his wife were. I was impressed by the information I learned about his life: his love for education, his dedication to fighting British rules that would further separate touchables and untouchables, his fasting, his work for women, and his hopes for India.

I visited a sacred site today.

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  1. I visited the Aga Khan Palace some years ago and like you’ve said, it is a beautiful and peaceful place. Seeing Gandhi’s artefacts – spinning wheel, glasses (are these still there?) – was overwhelming for me; to be in the presence of objects that were once used by this great human being! Hope the rest of your India trip goes well. I live in Bangalore, so if you’ll are coming this way and need anything do let me know 🙂

    1. Unfortunately, we are not coming to Bangalore, but if a future trip arises, I will let you know! I don’t remember seeing the glasses. I hope I didn’t miss them!

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