Gandhi Smriti, or “Gandhi Remembrance”, is the house and gardens where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life before he was killed on January 30, 1948.
The house, which was owned by the Birla family, was converted to a memorial museum in the 1970s. Its curators have preserved and recreated the circumstances of the estate at the time of Gandhi’s death, right down to the time. Gandhi’s pocket watch, which was stopped at the time of his death, 5:17 p.m., now hangs on the wall for all to see.
Visitors can tour the sparse room where Gandhi stayed, where all of his belongings remain intact. A set of footprints recreates his final walk to the veranda where he was shot and killed. It was at this veranda that Gandhi led nightly prayers in front of a mass congregation. This space also houses the Martyr’s Column, commemorating the exact site of his death.