Mahatma Gandhi also known as Father of The Nation in India spent 17 years from 1917 to 1934 at Mani Bhavan, a two-story building in a quiet neighborhood in Mumbai. Those 17 years were the significant years of his leadership in the independence movement for India. Mani Bhavan is owned by his friend and served as a headquarter for his activities and hosted political meetings. In 1955, Mani Bhavan was acquired by The National Gandhi Memorial Trust to keep it as a memorial to Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi had health issues during his time in Mumbai and it is said that he started taking goat’s milk there which was suggested by his wife, Kasturba as he had stopped taking cow’s milk. Mani Bhavan is also known for the place where Gandhi first learned carding and the room where he used is kept as it was with the Charkha (Hindi word for spinning wheel).
When I came to Mumbai, India, I was excited to know that I would be able to trace some of the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi during our stay here. He is someone whom I have respected and admired as a symbol of peace and humanity. I have wanted to visit Mani Bhavan for quite some time since I read some good reviews about the museum. I had visited Aga Khan Palace in Pune, a city two-hour drive inland from Mumbai, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during the house arrest and I loved seeing the residence where he spent some time in his late years.
When my friends came to visit Mumbai, I took advantage of the opportunity and brought them to Mani Bhavan. It seems to be a popular spot for Japanese tourists as I often find some information about Mani Bhavan in Japanese tour guides for Mumbai. We got very excited to find the beautiful brown building tucked in from the main road that stood gracefully. The museum only asked for donation and we picked up a sheet of information about Mani Bhavan translated into Japanese.
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Memorial Museum
This room in the photos above can be viewed by visitors through the glass door. It is a beautiful airy room. It looks simple, yet the design looks chic and relaxing. When US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Mumbai in 2010 (Photo below by Pete Souza – via), they had a tour of Mani Bhavan. You can read in more details about their tour at Mani Bhavan in this article on The Economic Times of India and this article on DNA India.
“Obamas tour Gandhi’s room at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum”
by The White House from Washington, DC. Official White House
I would like to leave you with some inspiring quotes that Mahatma Gandhi had left in the world that resonate with me today.
Quotes By Mahatma Gandhi
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
“The future depends on what you do today.”
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
“Where there is love there is life.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
Having heard the depressing news these days can make you feel down, but the last quote about humanity by Mahatma Gandhi gave me a sliver of hope today for the better and friendlier future. I would like to keep all of his words close to my heart.
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