South India’s first replica of Sabarmati Ashram was inaugurated at Gandhi Study Centre premises in Manasagangotri campus in city on Monday.
President Pranab Mukherjee who had laid the foundation stone for the ashram during the inauguration of UoM Centenary Celebrations was formally inaugurated by Vice Chancellor of UoM Prof K S Rangappa.
Speaking on the occasion Prof Rangappa said “It gives me immense satisfaction to inaugurate the replica of Sabarmati Ashram. “One can’t forget Gandhiji’s principles and his contribution to the country. The replica is a centenary gift to the Gandhian Study Centre and is a landmark building in Manasagangotri campus.”
The construction works of the ashram was launched six months ago and the ashram houses Gandhiji’s belongings and a collection of over 100 photographs depicting his life and times, including those on Dandi march, his visit to Bengaluru in 1937, Gandhi-Kasturba’s return to India from South Africa and many others. A library is also being set up that houses books and journals on Gandhiji, and his sayings.