In 1947, Gandhi spent independence night here

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 15:43 hrs

Kolkata's Hydari Mansion, is the building where Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi spent the first day of India's independence during his post-riot fast in Kolkata in 1947. This is the building and the ground where Gandhi had lived, fasted and held prayer meetings.

Gandhi moved to the mansion on August 12 from Sodepur Ashram and started fasting on September 1, 1947, when violence erupted in many parts of the Kolkata city.

He broke his 73 hours fast after assurances from leaders of all communities for peace on September 4 and left for Delhi on September 7.  The Mansion, is now renamed as 'Gandhi Bhavan' and maintained by the West Bengal government.

The belongings he used during his stay are kept in a museum, along with several pictures taken at the time.

<b>Image:</b> <i>Wikimedia commons</i>

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