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Bapu Kuti

This, as the name suggests was the place of residence of Gandhiji. His belongings of daily use are kept here. His massage table and sleeping cot are kept in the adjoining room. The daily morning prayers are held in the verandah of Bapu Kuti even today.

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Aadiniwas

First Adi Niwas was (Gandhiji’s residential hut) founded on the 30th April 1936 when Gandhiji came for walking from Wardha to Sevagram. He first took rest under the guava tree in the guava garden near Ashram well. This was his very first abode in Sevagram. The cottage now called Adi Niwas was built according to Gandhiji’s own instructions. It was his wish that all materials and artisans should be local and the expenses should not exceed Rs. 500. Gandhiji came to live in this cottage on June 16th, 1936. Kasturba, Pyarelal (Gandhiji’s secretary), other members of the Ashram and guests were living together in this cottage. Gandhiji was doing all his work (reading, writing, spinning etc.) in this cottage. The two small rooms at the corner of the small varandah were the kitchen and bath room. The first meeting of the ‘Quit India’ movement was held in this cottage in 1942. Opposite to ‘Adi Niwas’ cottage, the congragational prayer ground is situated under the ‘Pipal’ tree which was planted by Gandhiji in 1936..

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Ba Kuti ( Ba-Cottage )

When the Ashram began, there was only one cottage Adi Niwas. Ba (Kasturba) had to live in the midst of many men. Sympathising with her difficulties Shri Jamnalal Bajaj received Bapu’s (Gandhiji’s) consent to build this cottage for Ba (Kasturba). All the ladies who came to see Gandhiji lived in this cottage with Ba. Ba left for Bombay with Bapu on August 2nd, 1942 to attend the meeting of the All India Congress Committee. She joined the ‘Quit India’ movement, and was arrested on August 9, 1942 and was imprisoned alongwith Bapu in Agakhan Palace, Poona. After a long illness, Ba breathed her last in Agakhan Palace on February 22, 1944. The photograph hanging on the wall of this hut in which Gandhiji is seen sitting on a stool with Kasturba massaging his feet. It is said that when Gandhiji saw this picture, he asked the photographer why he had not even photographed him attending on ‘Ba’ but had only shown her looking after him. Because Gandhiji had also been nursing Kasturba. The things displayed at Ba Kuti are Ba’s Sari, Bapu’s bed-sheet, jacket, Ba’s seat, hold-all, Bapu’s jute Dari which have been kept in a simple wooden rack. All things are so simple and Swadeshi that tells the story of simplicity.

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Parchure Shastri Kuti

Within the vicinity of the Ashram a small hut which was constructed for Parchure Shastri, who was suffering from severe wet leprosy for a number of years and had come to Sevagram to die in peace, has also been maintained properly. Parchure Shastri was a co-prisoner of Gandhiji in jail. He was a Sanskrit Scholar. When Gandhiji found him lying on the roadside in a pit he was deeply touched and got Parchure Shastri removed to the Ashram for shelter. Bapu started massaging his wounds with his own hands. The inmates of the Ashram hesitated to follow even Gandhiji’s example for several days. They were mortally afraid of leprosy. But Gandhiji’s example ultimately proved infectious and several co-workers took up the massage work in right earnest. After some weeks Parchure Shastri improved considerably and Gandhiji began to utilise his services for teaching Sanskrit to some of the children of the community. The Maharashtra scholar was also requested to solemnise several marriages in the Ashram, specially between Harijans and the caste Hindus. Gandhiji’s eagerness towards the service of mankind could be realised from this incidence..

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Aakhari Niwas ( The Last Abode)

This cottage which is modern than other cottages and situated near the Ba-Kuti, was built by Jamnalal Bajaj for himself and lived here for a short while. Later this cottage was used by the Ashram. In 1946, Bapu had a severe attack of cough and came up to live in this cottage under doctor’s advice to cure his cough. He was taking a Sun-bath in the eastern varandah of this cottage. On August 25, 1946, Gandhiji left for Delhi from this Cottage and then went to Noakhali. From there he did not return to Sewagram while engaged in his task of communal unity and peace making. He was martyred in Delhi on January 30, 1948. Bapu’s wooden weight instrument and donation box are kept on the varandah of this cottage.

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Kishor Niwas

This cottage which is modern than other cottages and situated near the Ba-Kuti, was built by Jamnalal Bajaj for himself and lived here for a short while. Later this cottage was used by the Ashram. In 1946, Bapu had a severe attack of cough and came up to live in this cottage under doctor’s advice to cure his cough. He was taking a Sun-bath in the eastern varandah of this cottage. On August 25, 1946, Gandhiji left for Delhi from this Cottage and then went to Noakhali. From there he did not return to Sewagram while engaged in his task of communal unity and peace making. He was martyred in Delhi on January 30, 1948. Bapu’s wooden weight instrument and donation box are kept on the varandah of this cottage.

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Mahadev Kuti

Mahadevbhai Desai was the chif Secretary to Gandhiji. In the beginning he used to come on foot from Wardha everyday with letters, etc. Later on, on the northern side of Bapu Kuti, the Mahadev Kuti was constructed. he lived here with his family. Mahadevbhai had merged himself with Gandhiji and his activities. He had good command over English and Gujrati languages. He had a pious character. He died on the 15th august, 1942 while in prison. He had been kept alingwith Gandhiji at the Agakhan palace prison in Pune. His absence was deeply felt by Gandhiji. On his return from Agakhan palace prison, Bapu used to have community spinning in this hut.

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Bapuji's Rasoda

There was no Rasoda or dining room when the Ashram was established. The inmates were cooking on the south-western corner of a room of Adi-Niwas. Since the number of Ashram inmates and visitors increased, Gandhiji had a new separate Rasoda built. It is situated to the Southeast of Adi-Niwas. The Rasoda is very simple and ordinary. The Rasoda-cum-dining has been maintained in good condition. The inmates on the teaching and advice of Gandhiji were cooking simple vegitarian food irrespective of caste, religion, sex etc. The Harijans were participated in cooking the food. It was a common Rasoda for all inmates including Gandhiji. The dining room adjacent to the Rasoda was of common use. Some times Gandhiji himself was to serve the meal. While cooking the principles were observed both to eliminate ‘untouchability’ and to educate the inmates in hygienic methods of work. After the establishment of ‘Nai Talim’ center for basic education, the All India Spinners Association shifted their headquarters to Sevagram and a separate township was constructed there, including a Khadi Vidyalaya and its hostels. Gandhiji had also allowed the establishment of a hospital for utilizing the services of Dr. Sushila Nayar in Sevagram. The hospital was named after Kasturba and is now grown into a Medical College of the rural pattern. Although the hospital and the college teach modern medical science, it has been decided to attach a Nature cure wing in conformity with Gandhiji’s emphasis on cheap and simple remedies for common ailments.

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Adya Adi Niwas

For the first time arrived in Sevagram (Shegaon) on the 30th April 1936. He stayed under a Guava tree near the well. Temporary hut and a latrine of bamboo mat were prepared nearby. Gandhiji met the villagers here and explained his purpose to live here and also his ideas about village service.

On 5th May 1936 Gandhiji left for khadi tour he returned to Sevagram on 16th June 1936. By that time “Adi Niwas” was ready as per his instruction.

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Nai Talim Parisar

The adjoining area is called Nai Talim Parisar basic education premises. The basic education experiments guided by Gandhiji were conducted by late Ashadevi and Aryanaykamji.

 

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Rustam Bhavan

The four room guest house built by the son of late Rustamji for Ashram guests. It is still used as such.

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Shanti bhavan

  • Bapuji inaugurated the 1st Basic Teacher Training in this hall on dt- 1 August 1942.
  • World peace conference held in this shanti bhavan on December 1949.
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Yatri Niwas

The Yatri niwas built by Govt. in 1982, managed by the ashram for the benefit of visitors and for holding training camps and conferences by various constructive work institution

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Sut Katai

Mahatma Gandhi’s manner of dress and commitment to hand spinning were essential elements of his philosophy and politics. He chose the traditional loincloth as a rejection of Western culture and a symbolic identification with the poor of India. His personal choice became a powerful political gesture as he urged his more privileged followers to copy his example and discard—or even burn—their European-style clothing and return with pride to their ancient culture. Gandhi claimed that spinning thread in the traditional manner also had material advantages, as it would create the basis for economic independence and the possibility of survival for India’s impoverished rural. This commitment to traditional cloth making was also part of a larger “swadeshi” movement, which aimed for the boycott of all British goods. Gandhi said, “Machinery in the past has made us dependent on England, and the only way we can rid ourselves of the dependence is to boycott all goods made by machinery. This is why we have made it the patriotic duty of every Indian to spin his own cotton and weave his own cloth.

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Gandhi Chitra Pradarshani

Gandhiji old photos are kept here.

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Sahitya & Khadi Bhandar

  • Here you can buy Khadi cloth, Shirts, Jacket, Sari, Handkerchief and etc.
  • Gandhijis book,
  • Handmade natural things like Turmeric, Soap, Oil (Jasmene & Nirgudi), Bel powder, Tooth powder, statue (Gandhiji & 3 Monkeys), Kitchen, Watch, Pen, Citrus Pickle, Bel Jam etc.
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