What is Gandhi Jayanti?
Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869 in Porbandar, Gujrat, India. This day is celebrated as Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti.
Who was Mahatma Gandhi?
In the era of 19th century, Mahatma Gandhi was the most respectful leader in both political and spiritual ways. His full name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. People call him the Father of Nation; he followed non-violence during the freedom fight against the British.
Mahatma Gandhi was a great follower of Bhagavad-Gita. He used to say instead of seeing one God, and he used to see God in everything and everywhere, even in the smallest creation of God, he never discriminated against people based on caste, creed, colour, and gender.
He led many Campaigns against the British to achieve independence, including the Khilafat movement in 1918, the Non-co-operation movement in 1919, Salt Satyagraha in 1929, etc.
Why is Gandhi Jayanti Celebrated?
On 2nd October every year, we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti to remember the ‘Father of the Nation,’ who had given immense efforts towards the Freedom of India. His contribution is not only in India; he stood up and struggled for Indian labourers and businessmen’s rights in South Africa, and in 1915 his movement got successful.
Mahatma Gandhi had put all his efforts into making a nation where people would follow truth and non-violence. As per Mahatma Gandhi, non-violence means a principle with no physical force to achieve the rights or aim.
How is Gandhi Jayanti Celebrated?
In India the day of Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday. There is a prayer conducted in all the public places, especially at the Raj Ghat, New Delhi. At the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi on this day, the honourable President and Prime minister do prayers. Raghupati Raghav raja ram is a famous song that is used to play on this auspicious day.
Various play and events have been organised in the schools on this special day, and children participate with full energy. This day is also known as the International Peace Day, and many award functions are organised to keep this day as a remark of continuation of non-violent life.
Recently the Prime Minister of India, honourable Narendra Modi, has announced that no more holiday will be given to the government employees on Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. Government Employees have to take active participation on Swatch Bharat Abhiyan on this day (2nd October). Narendra Modi released rupees 150 coins in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
All the communal people either are Hindu, Muslims, or belongs to any other castes. They all follow the vision and thoughts of Gandhi Ji, which is the beauty of Gandhian views. Even people used to say when Gandhi Ji was leading India is the Gandhian period or Golden period of India. People live together happily with each other without any conflict.
Nowadays, politicians are doing politics based on caste and creed, but Gandhian time’s scenario was completely different. People were so close to each other, and they related their sentiments to each other’s feelings. People should take a lesson from Gandhi Ji’s principles of truth, non-violence, justice, human rights.
Mahatma Gandhi wrote several books on almost all the covering topics, and people used to read them and follow his thoughts of greatness. He believed that Unity is strength. He became the man of the masses through his social work and humanity-related thoughts.
Many people now also visit Sabarmati Ashram on Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. He lived there from 1917-1930. Now, this Ashram became an inspirational source for all who needs the motivation to enhance their life.
Not in India Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary is also celebrated by some of the countries like Netherland, South Africa and many more celebrate this day by remembering Mahatma Gandhi.
By taking the message from Gandhi Ji, each one should follow the path of peace and non-violence for each big or small problem we are facing to create a peaceful world.