While in school, I read lot about Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and at that time I never imagined that one day I will visit there. Our main aim to visit Ahmedabad was only to see Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram.
When we entered the Ashram we got goose pumps as the very feeling of our standing on the spot where Gandhiji stood once.
Gandhiji selected a place on the bank of the river Sabarmati. Gandhi used to remark, “This is the right place for our activities to carry on the search for Truth and develop Fearlessness for on one side are the iron bolts of the foreigners and on the other, thunderbolts of mother nature.”
Gandhiji had driven all the major activities of independence as well as upliftment of the society from this Ashram. He stayed in the ashram for many years before he finally proceeded for a march to Dandi to break the salt law on 12 March 1930. Before starting the march to Dandi, Gandhiji declared that he will not return to the ashram before the independence of the country.
There are books, manuscripts and photocopies of his correspondence, photographs of Gandhiji with his wife Kasturba and other ashram associates, life size oil paintings and actual relics like his writing desk and spinning wheel.
After seeing Gahdhiji’s room we wondered how such a great leader led a very simple life and also inspired others to do the same.