The first day of my stay at Madurai was splendid. I and Sanvi enjoyed the pleasant time at the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. She mostly enjoyed the evening hours there. On the succeeding day we wanted to tour to the famous Gandhi Museum in Madurai. I had collected data about the museum and I knew that the museum opens for the public at 10:30 am in the morning. So we traveled to the museum in a local bus.
There is not a single person in India who is not aware about the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. His sheer perseverance, patience and hard work gifted the citizens a free and happier India.
Known for his non violence and ahimsa forms of action, he finally made India a free country. The Gandhi Museum is built in the loving memory of the Mahatma. After the assassination of M.K Gandhi
in the year 1948, the museum was built. As the museum is located amidst lush green forests, it provides the perfect ambience to the visitors for spending a favorable time with friends and family.
The museum is also set up in the Palace of Rani Mangammal of the Nayak Dynasty. After few years in 1955, the Palace was donated to the Government of Tamil Nadu. Since then the palace is being
maintained as a museum by the Government.
The Gandhi Memorial Museum is more famous for its various cultural activities. Starting from summer camps to study tours, exhibitions, training courses, naturopathy, yoga training; everything in provided in the museum. Public meetings, cultural programs and weekly/bi-weekly film shows are also conducted in the premises of the museum. Within the open air theatre, several plays are conducted which attracts large numbers of visitors regularly.
We also went round the museum and found the khadi and village handwork section, all of which were inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. The library maintained in the museum contains 27, 000 letters of Gandhi. Also there are number of micro film reels preserved in the museum which contains scenes of different phases of life of Mahatma Gandhi.
It was an overwhelming experience to lean so much about the Father of Nation in a single day.