Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti in India

Happy Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

Happy Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, fondly known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi is the most prominent Indian figure of all times. He sacrificed his life for the freedom of his nation, the reason why he’s referred to as The Father of the Nation. 2nd October is around the corner and the nation is all set to celebrate the birth anniversary of one of the greatest leader ever born. Amid all the tributes and celebrations, we ought to learn the importance of ‘Gandhi Jayanti’.

About Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi ji was born as Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi on October 2, 1869 in a well off family. He was bright as a young boy and aspired to be an advocate. He completed his studies in London and went to South Africa.

Birth of Mahatma Gandhi’s notion of non-violence
While in London and South Africa, Gandhi Ji experienced many incidents where Indians were discriminated majorly due to their skin colour. With time, such incidents became more often, stirring Gandhiji’s mind. By this time, he had completed his degree and practiced as an advocate due to which he was a known name in the vicinity. When he could no more bear the difference of treatment towards Indians, he retaliated and devised a movement which is now known as non violence with the power of Satyagraha.

Significance of ‘Gandhi Jayanti’
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated every year on 2nd October to mark the birth of the world renowned leader. Its importance can be known from the status of National Festival that has been bestowed upon this day; with only Independence Day and Republic day as the other two national festivals. Gandhiji is known for his principles, pure character and way of life. He has taught the world, not just Indians, to be humble, kind, benevolent, empathetic, and above all, being human. He was a great personality, his qualities and leadership being unparalleled. Gandhiji was a living example of generosity. Even back in India where people belonging to lower classes were treated as untouchables, Gandhiji became their voice. Untouchables became Harijans, ‘the children of God’. When Inida was trapped in the shackles of religious intolerance, it was he who united people to rise above religion for their motherland. Mahatma Gandhi respected all religions and taught his followers the same. This was the reason he was admired by people belonging to all religions.

Gandhiji became the intermediator between the colonial powers and the down-trodden natives. If it would not have been Gandhi with his principles, blooded roads would have become a routine scene. He taught the world the power of non-violence. He is an epitome of truth and non-violence.

Gandhi’s contribution to the national struggle for Independence cannot be forgotten. Annual celebration of Gandhi Jayanti would be meaningless if we do not adopt the qualities that he preached. He taught the world that no matter how hard it becomes to walk through the path of righteousness, you must not deter, you must be determined and success is yours. His principle of high thinking and simple living has inspired various leaders around the world.

Celebrating ‘Gandhi Jayanti’
Gandhi Jayanti’ is the most celebrated birth anniversary of a freedom fighter. This day is marked by offering prayers, commemorative ceremonies and holding community functions to pay homage to the Father of the Nation. Art exhibitions and essay competitions are held in various institutes all over India to pay tribute to the leader. In several parts of the country, medals are awarded to people who promote a non-violent way of life. Libraries open doors to invite countrymen to read books on Mahatma Gandhi’s life and achievements. RaghupatiRaghava Raja Ram, Gandhiji’s favorite devotional song is sung aloud and his statues are bestowed with garlands as a symbol of love by the people. Speeches are addressed and films, documentaries are shown to young children to inspire them to follow the footsteps of Gandhiji.

On this day, the current President and Prime Minister of India pay their homage at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat in New Delhi. United Nations observes a holiday on October 2 to mark International Day of Non-Violence on the birth anniversary of this legendary leader.

On the auspicious day of Gandhi Jayanti every year, let us all pledge to be better humans, following his principles of Truth and Non-Violence, and make India and the world a better place to live.

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