THE SABARMATI ASHRAM
The Gandhi connection:
Gandhiji stayed at the Ashram from 1915 to 1933 later on the Ashram was disbanded. After the Dandi March, Gandhiji pledged that he wouldn't return to the ashram until India gained Independence.
Formerly known as Satyagraha Ashram it was first situated in Ahmedabad at the Kocharab Bungalow of Jivanlal Desai, a barrister. Later on, it was shifted to the banks of Sabarmati river and then it came to be known as Sabarmati Ashram.
"This is the right place for our activities to carry on the search for Truth and develop Fearlessness- for on one side, are the iron bolts of the foreigners, and on the other, thunderbolts of Mother Nature". That was Gandhiji's core idea when he set up the most famous and most important of his ashrams. He said these words when he first visited the place on the bank of the Sabarmati river for assessing if it was suitable for carrying out his work.
The Satyagraha Ashram was founded on May 25, 1915 in Ahmedabad at Kochrab, when Gandhiji returned from South Africa, with 25 inmates. It was located there for two years, and then , Gandhiji selected a site of 36 acres was a waste land full of snakes, but he insisted that they shouldn't be killed. The Ashram was shifted on the bank of river Sabarmati in July 1917.
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