Every year, October 2nd is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi Ji was born on October 2, 1869, into a Hindu family, in Porbandar city of Gujarat state. His father, Karam Chand Gandhi was the Diwan of Porbander State, which was a small princely salute state in the Kathiwar Agency of British India. Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi was the main force behind India's independence movement. It was Gandhi Ji who envisioned about independent India and brought together the whole nation to get freedom from the British rule. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose addressed him as the Father of the Nation for his selfless devotion towards the people of the nation. Until his last breath, Gandhi Ji served the people of India with happiness. His principles of Satyagraha (truth), Ahinsa (non-violence) and honesty are still remembered. Gandhi Ji was not only concerned about nation's freedom, he also wanted to make India as an example of cultural and civilized nation, where people of different languages and communities live together.
In his early career, Gandhi Ji worked as a legal representative for the Muslim Indian Traders based in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. While serving in South Africa, he faced racial discrimination directed at all coloured people. He was deeply hurt and decided to protest against this inhumane law. These events were turning point in Gandhiji's life as thereafter he started a movement for social development. Gandhi Ji is best known for Satyagraha movement which was started from Satyagraha Ashram in Ahmedabad. He fought for Harijan welfare, small-scale industries and self-reliance and rehabilitation of lepers. His selfless work and love for the people made him the most trusted personality. Gandhi Ji used to say that be happy in whatever you have as there is no end of desire and if you run behind anything, it will sink you in the sea of uncertainty and darkness. Gandhi ji was also instrumental in setting up the Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad.
Gandhi Ji was preacher of Satyagraha (truth) and Ahinsa (non-violence). He lived for people's happiness and always motivated others to do the same. His noble thought and love for mankind made him popular across the world. Gandhi Ji is remembered as a moralist who awakened the whole world and fought relentlessly to end up the discrimination of cast, creed and color. At present, he is not alive but, his principles are still alive in the heart of every Indian. On October 2, the whole nation stands and salutes the priceless service that Gandhi Ji had given to the people of India. Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday and thus, all offices, schools and other organizations across the country remain closed.
On the auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, President, Prime Minister, along with other political dignitaries, pays homage to Gandhi Ji at Raj Ghat, where he was cremated. In his memory, various cultural programmes showcasing his life and struggle for independence are organized. Also, events, such as paintings and essay competitions are organized to relive the life of Gandhi Ji. His favorite devotional song, Ragupati Raghav Raja Ram, Patit Pavan Sita Ram, Sita Ram Sita Ram, Bhaj Pyare tu Sitaram, Ishwar Allah tero naam, Sab Ko Sanmati de Bhagvwan, is sung by the people in various public gathering and prayer meets on the day of Gandhi Jayanti.
Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi is the man who played a significant role in India's Independence movement. He was born on October 2, 1869 into a Hindu family, in Porbandar city of Gujarat. His father, Karam Chand Gandhi was the Diwan of Porbandar state, a small princely salute state in the Kathiwar Agency of British India.
Mahatma Gandhi's Contribution to India
The tale of India's freedom movement is incomplete without remembering the immense contribution of Mahatma Gandhi. Born on October 2, 1869, Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi was unarguably the greatest man in the history of India. He came from a well cultured and religious middle class Hindu family of Porbandar, Gujarat. Gandhi Ji completed
Mahatma Gandhi was a preacher of non-violence and throughout his life he strictly followed the path of Satyagraha and Non-Violence (Ahinsa). In modern times, Gandhi was the greatest exponent of the doctrine of Ahinsa. His principles of non-violence not only helped people of India in getting freedom but also changed the world forever. Gandhi Ji proved to the world that will power and motivation is the key to success.
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.