Making money in the IT industry I often thought by looking at our Indian currency, how many people today remember the man who they see every day while taking the money out of their wallet. We almost have forgotten the man who had contributed so much for Indian independence. So when I got a chance to step into Madurai, I decided to visit the Gandhi Museum Madurai. I planned to spend a long time in there and went there in the morning.
The museum actually reflects a grand feeling since it is built inside the Tamukkum palace belonging to Rani Mangammal of the Nayak dynasty. Since it was a palace turned to museum, there was ample space inside, which was efficiently utilized to commemorate the achievements of the ‘Father of the Nation’. Now being one of the five Gandhi museums, this place has a huge reserve of rare artifacts related to Gandhiji. I had goose bumps while watching the blood stained cloth used by Mahatma Gandhi on the day of his assassination preserved in a glass box. Other than this there are several other objects used by Gandhiji, all reminding me repeatedly the importance of this person in the history of India.
The Khadi and Village industry section displays the South Indian village handicrafts associated with Gandhiji. The “Visual Biography of Bapuji” features the journey of this great man from his
childhood till he breathed his last through a series of photographs depicting various stages of his life. Another thing that brought a chilling sensation down my spine is the letter written by
Gandhiji to Adolf Hitler, addressing the latter as ‘Dear Friend’. I was actually feeling to be back to my school days where we used to study these people in our history period. The museum library
also has a huge collection of books on Gandhiji and Indian independence.
Having an affinity towards books, I turned pages of some of the books in the library whose quiet atmosphere rejuvenated the spirit of Indian independence in the books. The grand structure of the Gandhi Museum Madurai actually kindled the wish to visit a royal place, which was fulfilled to a great extent after visiting Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai.