25 October 2016

Ahmedabad chronicles III - Gandhian Trail at Sabarmati Ashram..

Staying in Sabarmati suburb during our two days trip to Ahmedabad, this life size photograph of Mahatma Gandhi at the entrance of Sabarmati Ashram caught our sight every time we passed by the Ashram.
Having visited Aga Khan Palace of Pune and Mani Bhavan of Mumbai, other places associated in Mahatma's life, Sabarmati Ashram was of course a much awaited place to be visited for us. Sabarmati, Gandhiji's residence which was set up to experiment on farming, cow breeding, kadhi and other related. Having visited Kutch, I could easily relate to the textile market of Gujarat and Gandhiji promoting hand spinning in Gujarat's handloom industry. 
Which Indian is unaware of Sabarmati Ashram or Dandi March? The final land mark of Sabaramati Ashram in Gandhiji's life was of Dandi March, which was started in protest of the British Salt Law on 12th March 1930, and Gandhiji never returned to the Ashram then after.

Set on the bank of river Sabarmati, Ashram has collection of photographs, audios, videos, life size paintings and relics from Gandhiji's life. Hridaya Kunj(Gandhiji's cottage), Nandini, Vinoba Kutir, Upasana Mandir, Magan Niwas are few of the cottages at the Ashram.


Coincidently, we got to meet Phalguni Patak at the Ashram during our visit.

Travel Info:
Timing: 8:30AM to 6:30PM, open all days through the year.
Entry free
Visit Ashram website here, to know more about the place.

10 October 2016

Festivity - Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri...

India is the land of festivals. Start of Shravan month in Hindu calender brings with it the festivals. To start with Shravan Poornima(Raksha Bandhan) and to end the festive season with Diwali on Kartika Amavasya. 3 months of celebrations, family gatherings, prayers for happiness and prosperity. Here is a photo tour of this festive season of Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri.
This time we had my parents here in Mumbai during Ganesh chaturthi. We had few trips planned up with them to Nashik and around, and in between tried to hop on to few of the ganesha pandals.
This pandal had the theme of corruption, save nature.
 This was somewhere in Matunga, as we hopped on just after dinner at Tambi restaurant.
Navratri Gombe Habba as always is the much awaited festivals at home. This time I hardly got time to start my preparation for the festival and just managed to arrange few of my doll collection at the nth moment.

To add to the Navratri celebration is the tour of few of the Durga Pandals around our place.

Happy Festivity!!!