Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi – Friday, January 30, 1948
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) was the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was assassinated a little before the sunset on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist who felt Gandhi was sympathetic to the Muslims.
Martyrs’ Day in India is observed on January 30 to pay homage Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters who gave up their lives in the service of the Nation.
On this day a two minute silence is observed at 11 am throughout the country in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs. At Rajghat, in front of the Samadhi of Gandhiji, all-religion prayers are held and bhajans dear to him sung.
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If I am to die by the bullet of a mad man, I must do so smiling. There must be no anger within me. God must be in my heart and on my lips.
– Mohandas K. Gandhi, 28 January 1948, two days prior to his assassination.
Raj Ghat, Delhi
Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on January 31, 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi, India.
Photo Credit: Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada
Gandhi Smriti, Delhi
The Martyr’s Column at the Gandhi Smriti, (Birla House), the spot where Gandhi was assassinated.
Photo Credit: Wilson Loo Kok Wee
Group Photo of Hindu Mahasabha
A group photo of people accused in Gandhi’s murder case.
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This article has some rare photos including a rare photograph of Mahatma Gandhi shot three times at point-blank range in the chest with a .38 Beretta semi-automatic pistol by Nathuram Godse.
The young man, who had a pistol, suddenly fired three shots from close range at Gandhiji. The Mahatma fell on the ground, his white khadi dress soaked in blood. A man of prayer, Gandhiji remembered God and said, “Hey Ram : Hey Ram.” It was 5.17 pm.
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