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March 15 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm


On the 94th anniversary of the historic Dandi March, the Prime Minister of India initiated the Sabarmati Ashram Redevelopment Project in Ahmedabad.

Historical Significance of the Sabarmati Ashram:


  • Founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1917 on the western bank of the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad.
  • Gandhi established five settlements during his lifetime, with Sabarmati Ashram being one of them.
  • Currently managed by the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust (SAPMT).

Role in India’s Independence Movement:

  • Served as the epicentre of Gandhi’s socio-political activities and experiments with truth and non-violence.
  • Witnessed the launch of seminal movements including the Dandi March in 1930, along with other significant protests and movements.
  • Vinoba Bhave, a prominent disciple of Gandhi, resided at Sabarmati Ashram in a cottage called “Vinoba Kutir.”

Architectural and Philosophical Significance:

  • Designed by Gandhi himself, reflecting principles of simplicity, self-sufficiency, and communal living.
  • Constructed using local materials and traditional techniques, embodying sustainability and harmony with nature.

Legacy and Symbolism:

  • Stands as a symbol of Gandhi’s enduring legacy and his pivotal role in India’s freedom struggle.
  • A pilgrimage site attracting visitors from around the world, offering insights into Gandhian philosophy and principles.

The Dandi March:


  • Salt, traditionally produced in India, became a symbol of colonial exploitation due to British-imposed salt tax.
  • Mahatma Gandhi identified the salt tax as an oppressive measure and launched the Salt Satyagraha to protest British rule.

Dandi March:

  • Commenced from Sabarmati Ashram on March 12, 1930, with Gandhi leading the 24-day march spanning four districts and 48 villages.
  • Symbolically broke the salt law on April 6, 1930, by picking up salt from the shores of Dandi, marking the beginning of the civil disobedience movement.

The Sabarmati Ashram Redevelopment Project:

Salient Features:

  • A Rs 1,200 crore initiative to restore and rebuild the original Sabarmati Ashram.
  • Aims to conserve and revive the architectural and cultural heritage of the ashram.


  • Preserve the historical significance of the ashram and its association with Gandhi’s life and teachings.
  • Enhance visitor experience and promote Gandhian principles of truth, non-violence, and simplicity.

Expected Impact:

  • Revitalization of the ashram as a cultural and educational hub, attracting tourists and researchers.
  • Conservation of Gandhian heritage for future generations, fostering a deeper understanding of India’s independence movement.


The Sabarmati Ashram Redevelopment Project represents a commendable effort to preserve the rich historical legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and his contributions to India’s freedom struggle.

By reviving this iconic landmark, the project aims to inspire present and future generations with Gandhian ideals of peace, harmony, and social justice.

Mains Question:

  1. “Discuss the historical significance of the Sabarmati Ashram and its pivotal role in India’s independence movement, with a focus on the Dandi March. (150 WORDS)


March 15
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
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