If I was ever asked who my favorite historical character is, surely one of the candidates would be Mahatma Gandhi. I love his style of getting things, with a lot of patience, firm in his convictions and of course without violence. In that sense, one of the sites that I most wanted to visit during our stay in New Delhi was the Birla House, Birla Bhavan or Gandhi Smriti. Unfortunately, it is one of the most famous places in the history of contemporary India, as well as one of the saddest, since it was the last resting place of Gandhi.
It is the house where Mahatma Gandhi lived the last 144 days of his life and was killed on January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse. Years later, the Birla House was acquired by the Government of India in 1971 and opened to the public on August 15, 1973. What we saw was like a kind of house-museum where some of the things that Gandhi had used, such as his spinning wheel, were preserved. There were also murals with scenes from the life of the chief architect of Indian independence.
It has also preserved the rooms where Gandhi lived and the exact place where he was shot while on his night and public outing. His last steps are marked on the ground and he is not allowed to step on them, even if more than one person feels like doing it. It is a very emotional place, especially for me. Gandhi has always been one of my favorite historical leaders and a politician with capital letters. Undoubtedly, a very interesting place to visit during trips to India.
We leave for a moment the cold of New Delhi to remember another solemn place. Specifically, I'm going to tell you about a monument erected to remember one of the most imposing personalities of the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi. South of the famous Red Fort of New Delhi, on the banks of the Yamuna River, is the Raj Ghat. It is a place of visit almost obligatory if you make trips to India and essential if you venerate the figure of this historical figure.
The truth is that the Raj Ghat imposes for its simplicity, although knowing the figure of this leader of the Indian homeland does not surprise me. A kind of priest is responsible for watching over the ashes of the Mahatma and for keeping alive an eternal flame that symbolizes the greatness of this unrepeatable man. Gandhi was incinerated in the Raj Ghat after his assassination in 1948. If you remember, I told you the story of Gandhi's last resting place. At present, the tomb is formed by a square platform of black marble and has become one of the most interesting points to visit in New Delhi.
It was precisely in this place where we came across one of the curiosities of our trip to India and Nepal. In the surroundings of the tomb there is a beautiful park. The Raj Ghat area is very important for the Indians and for the city of New Delhi, since Nehru and Indira and his grandchildren were also incinerated in the vicinity. In addition, in the same park, is the Gandhi Memorial Museum, where you can find many objects from the life of Gandhi. Undoubtedly, an example for all and a must for those who travel to India.