The Aga Khan Palace where Gandhi parted with his wife Kasturba Gandhi
The Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan 3rd in Pune, India. Built in 1892, it is one of important landmarks in Indian history. The palace was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighbouring areas of Pune, who were drastically hit by famine.
I went there on 19th May.
It’s a very well maintained palace, with loads of history to it. Especially for Indians this takes all the emotional angles of oneself as this place was once arrest home for Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi.
There’s so much to see and feel. The statue of Gandhi will take you to a different time zone altogether.
Gardens are well maintained, and quite picturesque.
My reason to go there was Mahatma Gandhi. I used to go Rajghat Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi during my Delhi stay. I would say it is a place which takes you to the past and helps you building your thought process in a formidable direction when mind is in trouble or dilemma.
The palace and the grounds are spacious, the trees huge and the lawns green. If the walls and trees could speak, they would fill up so many gaps at the emotional and humane level.
It was good to see the local Corporation schools bring the children to show them around. The so-called smart schools and convents also need to do that.
You get to see the belongings of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife when they were staying in this place.
You will find Samadhi of Kasturba here.
This building is designed in Italian style. There are things of Gandhiji like slippers, spaces, etc.
There are beautiful paintings, statues as well as newspaper articles preserved here. They take you to the past without a time machine.
It is very historical and culturally enriching; also very peaceful and serene place.
Many people don’t know that this is the place where Kasturba, Gandhiji’s wife, was buried and that some of Gandiji’s ashes are kept here. This place is seeped in the Quit India moment and it was here that Kasturba passed away. Her Samadhi is here. There are just a few artefacts and Gandhiji’s personal belongings. The place is not well maintained and the artefacts are all deteriorating. The building as such is impressive and the adjourning gardens well-maintained. The room where Gandhiji was imprisoned is locked, but you can see through the glass partition. It is in the city of Pune and is easily accessible by various means of transport. A must visit place for those who are interested in history and the Indian Independence.x`
The author is a Gandhian, a reader, a humanist, and a peace and political activist. He can be reached at http://www.gramswarajfoundation.org/contact-us/