On January 30, 1948, less than a year after India’s tumultuous march to freedom, Mahatma Gandhi, considered to be the Father of the Nation, was assassinated by right-wing Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse. As the then-Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru would say two days later, “A glory has departed and the sun that warmed and brightened our lives has set and we shiver in the cold and dark.” Gandhi’s ashes would later be scattered into the Indian Ocean, but before that they rested in the southernmost point of the Indian mainland, in the town of Kanyakumari. Today, this resting place along the coast is the site of the Gandhi Memorial.
The pink Gandhi Memorial features the style of architecture from Odisha, and has been built in a way that sun rays fall on the exact spot where the urn containing his ashes were once kept, every year on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti. Built and completed in 1956, the central structure of the memorial is 79 feet tall, a representation of the age of the Mahatma when he was assassinated. For those who are fascinated by the life and influence of Gandhi, the memorial should be part of your travel list.
BEST TIME TO VISIT KANYAKUMARI
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