The Mani bhavan is situated at 19, Laburnum Road, Gamdevi. It is one of the more important Gandhi Memorial Museums in the country. It is a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library .Gandhiji stayed and worked here on many occasions between 1917 and 1934. Thus Mani bhavan is a place where Gandhiji lived and conversed with his colleagues. Once a residence of the father of the nation, it is now a source of inspiration and freedom to everyone. It was from Mani Bhavan that Gandhi initiated the Non-Cooperation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements.
Gandhi’s association with the charkha or spinning wheel began in 1917, while he was staying at Mani Bhavan.You can also see Gandhi’s old charkha (spinning wheel), which in many ways symbolized the struggle for independence, and which now appears on the Indian flag.
The library on the ground floor consists of more than 20000 books. It contains books on Gandhiji’s life and Gandhian thoughts and other allied subjects. Adjoining Gandhiji’s room is the exhibition depicting Gandhiji’s life through mini figures in about 28 tableaux prepared by Smt Sushila Patel. On the terrace is a small wall with an inscription on a bronze plaque stating that Gandhiji was arrested on the very spot in the early hours of morning on the 4th of january 1932. The rooms on either side of the exhibition have been converted into a picture gallery which give glimpses of Gandhiji in Mani bhavan and important events of his life. There is an auditorium as well as the room of gandhiji where he stayed and worked now preserved in its original setting.
What are the timings of Mani Bhavan ?
Mani Bhavan is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
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