By Odisha Story Bureau, Ahmedabad:
Mahatma Gandhi set up the ashram on 17th June 1917 on a 36-acre wasteland. It was full of snakes, and the first thing he asked was that none of them was to be killed.
Sabarmati Ashram, which served as the center of India’s freedom struggle during Mahatma Gandhi stay there, is going to celebrate its centenary tomorrow in presence of his grandson and former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi established this ashram, situated on the banks of Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad on 17th June and lived here along with his wife Kasturba from 1917 and 1930.
The Ashram trust has planned several programmes, including opening of two permanent galleries at the Ashram, tree plantation and release of two books on Mahatma Gandhi, to mark the event.
As per the schedule posted on the Ashram’s website, Gopalkrishna Gandhi will inaugurate two galleries titled ‘My Life is My Message’ and ‘Charkha.’ He will also release two books titled ‘Letters to Gandhi’ and ‘Pioneers of Satyagraha.’
In order to commemorate the centenary celebration of Sabarmati Ashram, Ministry of Railways has decided to run Gandhi Darshan Special Tourist Train covering all the important tourist places under Gandhian Circuit. The train will be operated by its PSU IRCTC. Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu will flag off this train through video conferencing from Bandra, the train will start its journey from Sabarmati tomorrow (on 17-06-2017, Saturday), the centenary day of Sabarmati Ashram. The train will be flagged off in the gracious presence of Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat.
This Gandhi Special Tourist train will cover all the important destinations like Wardha, Motihari, Bettiah, Gaya, Varanasi , Allahabad & Surat connected with India’s freedom struggle movement & Mahatma Gandhi. The train will be on a special Tour for 10 days from 17-06-2017 to 26-06-2017.