Transformation of Gandhi Darshan

- September 9, 2023
| By : Tahir Bhat |

Sculptors from Rajasthan have immortalised Mahatma Gandhi by depicting his life and teachings through statues 

Iconic Tribute: A 15-foot statue of Mahatma Gandhi spinning a charkha at the entrance

Located at Rajghat in Delhi, the serene expanse of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, established in 1984 on a sprawling 45-acre estate, stands as a timeless testament to the enduring legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. 

In its latest transformation, this park has witnessed the creation of awe-inspiring statues vividly depicting the life and teachings of the Father of the Nation.

The gifted hands of skilled sculptors from Rajasthan have breathed life into these statues, immortalising Mahatma Gandhi in various roles. Visitors are greeted by a lifelike representation of him spinning the Charkha or cotton spinning wheel, a symbol of self-reliance and independence. 

Nearby, another statue captures his simplicity as he sits on a humble bench, a stark reminder of his ascetic lifestyle. Emphasising his commitment to sustainable living, a third statue showcases Gandhi riding a bicycle, an emblem of eco-friendly transportation.

Gandhi’s Affection for Youngsters: Heartwarming statue of Gandhi with two children, symbolising his love for the youth

These statues, which signify the deep reverence the nation holds for Mahatma Gandhi, were officially unveiled on September 4 by President Droupadi Murmu.

However, not all has been smooth sailing for the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. 

This year’s unprecedented floods in the Yamuna River inflicted damage upon a section of the complex’s protective wall. The floodwaters even encroached upon the iconic Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat.

Three Monkeys: The statues of Gandhi’s Three Monkeys, a symbol of his teachings

Despite these challenges, the newly adorned Gandhi Darshan now boasts a grand gate adorned with flags representing the nations of the G20, a visual testament to India’s commitment to international collaboration and peace. The G20 Summit is scheduled for September 9 and 10.

The crowning jewel of this transformation is the Gandhi Vatika, a newly developed oasis within the Gandhi Darshan at Rajghat in Delhi. Here, a monumental statue of Mahatma Gandhi spinning a charkha takes its place at the entrance, symbolising his enduring influence on India’s quest for self-sufficiency and unity.

Message of Harmony: Captivating statue of Gandhi surrounded by symbols of various religions

It becomes clear that this historic site, pulsating with Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals, continues to serve as a symbol of hope, unity, and inspiration not just for India but for the world at large.

Dr Jwala Prasad, Director of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, told Patriot that their mission is to ensure that the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi is not merely preserved in stone and memory but brought to life in every corner of this institution. 

Gandhi on a Bicycle: A unique statue portraying Gandhi riding a bicycle

Prasad mentioned that through the artistry of skilled sculptors from Rajasthan, they have given physical form to his teachings, allowing visitors to connect with his profound message of peace, simplicity, and self-reliance. 

He remarked that as they embark on the journey to revitalise the complex and prepare for the upcoming G20 Summit, they are reminded of Gandhiji’s enduring relevance in today’s world. 

Charkha Installation: Charkha installation adjacent to Gandhi Darshan Museum for the G20 Summit

He also added that their aim is to attract tourists to this hallowed complex. 

Looking ahead, Prasad mentioned plans to include the installation of swings in the garden area, providing a recreational space for visitors. 

Additionally, an art gallery is in the pipeline, further enriching the cultural and educational experience at Gandhi Darshan, he added.

G20 Flags: Flags of countries participating in the upcoming G20 Summit, near Rajghat
Waterworks: A fountain at Rajghat
Prep: Preparations at Rajghat in anticipation of the G20 Summit
Welcome: A hoarding welcoming G20 leaders at Rajghat
Selfie Point: Gandhi statue on a bench for capturing memorable selfies
Greeting: Gandhi Darshan’s gate adorned with G20 flags