Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi or ‘Bapu’ is one of the most significant political leader whose contribution in the fight of freedom can not be forgotten. Raj Ghat represents the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his death.
Location: Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Ring Road
Entry Timings: 06:30 am to 06:00 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Kashmere Gate on Yellow Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Delhi Raj Ghat Bus Stop
What significance does Raj Ghat have?
Raj Ghat is only a few kms away from Janpath and is adjacent to Feroz Shah and Delhi Gate. It is situated in middle of lush green gardens, trees and beautiful fountains. The cremation site is represented by a square platform that has been constructed using black marbles. This is the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated on January 31, 1948 after he was assassinated on January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse. The platform is very simple in design and at one end of the platform there is always a flame burning throughout day and night. On one side of the platform, the last words spoken by Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Hey Ram’ have been inscribed.
Why people visit Raj Ghat?
Raj Ghat is visited by locals as well as foreigners who want to pay homage to the great soul and very effective political leader of his time, Mahatma Gandhi. Other than cremation spot of Mahatma Gandhi, there are many other important people and leaders who were cremated nearby. There are two museums nearby which are also dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
People who visit Raj Ghat are supposed to remove their footwears outside the Raj Ghat as an act of respect. People visiting Raj Ghat pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi by offering flowers on the platform. As Mahatma Gandhi died on a Friday, a prayer service is held in order to show respect to Gandhiji on every Friday evening, which is open to public also.
As mentioned above, the Raj Ghat is surrounded by beautiful green gardens and the then Secretary of the Agri Horticultural Society of India, Sydney Percy Lancaster was responsible for planting the trees and make the place more attractive.
What other nearby attractions are there?
Other than Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi, there are cremation sites of many other important leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi etc.
Vijay Ghat: In the year 1966, one of our respected Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri was cremated here. The place is located at the north of Raj Ghat gardens.
Shanti Van: This is also located at the northern side of Raj Ghat, and is the cremation site of our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The site is known as Shanti Van, meaning Forest of Peace.
Shakti Sthal: The cremation site of India’s first and only lady Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is also located near the Raj Ghat. The site has been named Shakti Sthal.
Vir Bhumi: This spot signifies the cremation site of India’s youngest and one of the best Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi.
Ekta Sthal: India’s tenth president, K.R. Narayanan, was also cremated near the Raj Ghat and the cremation site is popularly known as Ekta Sthal.
Other than these sites, there are other tourist attractions that are present nearby like Zinat-ul-Masjid, Feroz Shah Kotla and Khooni Darwaza.
The place is a perfect place for people who are in any way intrigued by the life of Mahatma Gandhi as they can gain a lot of knowledge from the nearby museums and can also pay homage to him by visiting the place.