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RAJGHAT

4-km away from Janpath to the northeast of Feroze Shah Kotla near Delhi Gate at Ring Road on the bank of Yamuna is situated Rajghat. Jawaharlal Nehru Road also ends opposite Rajghat. On 31st January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi’s last rites were performed over here. Raj Ghat, the memorial stone of Gandhi is square in shape made of black stone. His last word- ‘Hey Ram’ is inscribed on it. Ordinary people, VIPs, foreign tourists all come at Rajghat to pay their homage to the Father of the Nation. On every Friday (the day of his death) a prayer is held. Except for Monday, a regular feature of projecting Gandhi philosophy in picture, sculpture and photos from 10.00am to 5.00pm is performed at Rajghat.
Besides, there is Gandhi Memorial Museum projecting Mahatma’s life and the philosophy of Sarvodaya Movement in the film shown from 9-30am to 5-30pm except on Thursday and on Sunday at 6 pm in Hindi and 7 pm in English, 4 and 5 pm in winters.
Another Gandhi Memorial is Gandhi Balidansthal or Assassinated Spot at Tis January Marg of the city. On 30th January 1948 on his way to prayer at Birla Bhawan, Gandhiji was assassinated by bullets.

SHANTI VAN

To the north of Rajghat is Shanti Van. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s last rites were performed over here on 27th May 1964. A tombstone has been erected on his funeral place. Next, to Nehru’s memorial lies the tomb of his grandson Sanjay Gandhi, who died in a plane crash in 1980.

SHAKTI STHAL

This memorial is situated between Rajghat and Shanti Van, commemorating the death of Indira Gandhi on 31st October 1984 and her last rites were performed over here on 3rd November 1984. The tomb on her funeral spot is made of grey-red monolithic stone.

VEERBHUMI

It is founded in the Memoriam of Rajiv Gandhi. He was assassinated at Perumbatoor, 40-km away from Chennai at 10.00pm on 21st May 1991. His last rites were performed on 24th May over here.

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