After 15 years the site where Gandhi was cremated will be inaugurated on the occasion of the 69th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation which is on 30 January 2017.
Annually more than 10,000 domestic and foreign visitors visit Mahatma Gandhiji’s Samadhi at Rajghat in the national capital every day. To date there has been little to engage the visitors about his life and and thoughts other than the black stone platform that marks the spot where the ‘Great Soul’ was cremated.
The Ministry of Urban Development has undertaken several initiatives during the last two years to refurbish the Rajghat Samadhi Samiti. These initiatives come 15 years after last such major improvement works at Rajghat.
For the first time, a 157 word brief profile of Mahatma and a 131 word description of Gandhi Samadhi have been put on display, both in Hindi and English at all three gates of Rajghat.
The profile states that Mahatma espoused “Truth, Non-violence, Sarvadharma Samabhava, Gram Swaraj, Trusteeship and Swadeshi which are the building blocks of a new social order free from all kinds of exploitation, discrimination and domination”.
Profile on Rajghat states “The Samadhi reflects the simplicity of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi’s life”.
30 Amrit Vachans (eternally relevant thoughts of Gandhiji) have been engraved on marble and displayed on granite stone pedestals for inspiring the visitors to Rajghat. These include – “Innumerable are the names of God; but if a choice were to be made of one, it would be Sat or Satya, that is Truth. Hence, verily Truth is God”, “He who is unable to rule over self, can never really succeed in ruling over others” and “He who is truly clean within, can not remain unclean without”.
These pedestals have been designed to merge with the ambience and architecture of Rajghat and each pedestal illuniated by LED light atop aesthetically designed light post.
All the existing conventional lights at Rajghat Complex have been replaced by energy efficient and environment friendly LED lights and are placed atop 104 aesthetically designed poles replacing the old ones. These LED lights result in energy saving of 60,000 KWH annually. Solar panels have been installed above roof tops and cycle shed at the parking area of Rajghat that will generate 52 KW of energy.
Besides inaugurating these new initiatives i.e January 30, 2017, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu will also release a special edition of Rajghat Samadhi Patrika, commemorating the 100th year of Champaran Satyagraha launched by Gandhiji.
Other major initiatives taken up and executed during the last two years include; setting up of Kasturba Gandhi Souvenir Store in the parking area for making available souvenirs related to Gandhiji.
A two day International Seminar was held by the Rajghat Samadhi Samiti in March, 2015, the first of its kind on the theme “Clean and Capable India of Gandhi’s Dream”.
A quarterly ‘Rajghat Smadhi Patrika’ was launched on this occasion by the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and since being published by the Rajghat Samadhi Samiti chaired by the Urban Development Minister, to spread Gandhian thoughts.