Mahatma Gandhi’s Rajghat to be renovated

New Delhi [India], Jan. 29: Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi at Rajghat is all set to get renovated keeping in mind the increased number of visitors at the site.

Solar Power Project, 104 aesthetically designed poles with LED lights, CCTV Control Room will be inaugurated on Gandhi's death anniversary tomorrow.

A special edition of Rajghat Samadhi Patrika will also be released commemorating 100th year of Champaran Satyagrha.

For more than 10,000 domestic and foreign visitors who visit Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi at Rajghat in the national capital every day, there is nothing much to engage the visitors about his life and thoughts other than the black stone platform that marks the spot where Gandhiji was cremated.

To address this deficiency and to enhance the engaging experience of the visitors, the Rajghat Samadhi Samiti, under the Ministry of Urban Development has undertaken several initiatives during the last two years and they will be inaugurated tomorrow on the occasion of the 69th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation.

These initiatives come 15 years after last such major improvement works at Rajghat. For the first time, a 157 word brief profile of Mahatma and a 131 word description of Gandhi Samadhi have been put on display, both in Hindi and English, at all the three gates of Rajghat.

The profile says Mahatma espoused "Truth, Non-violence, Sarvadharma Samabhava, Gram Swaraj, Trusteeship and Swadeshi which are the building blocks of a new social order free from all kinds of exploitation, discrimination and domination".

Profile on Rajghat says "The Samadhi reflects the simplicity of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi's life".

30 Amrit Vachans (eternally relevant thoughts of Gandhiji) have been engraved on marble and displayed on granite stone pedestals for inspiring the visitors to Rajghat.

These include-"Innumerable are the names of God; but if a choice were to be made of one, it would be Sat or Satya, that is Truth.

Hence, verily Truth is God", "He who is unable to rule over self, can never really succeed in ruling over others" and "He who is truly clean within, cannot remain unclean without".

These pedestals have been designed to merge with the ambience and architecture of Rajghat and each pedestal has been illuminated by LED light atop aesthetically designed light post.

Source: ANI