Sabarmati Ashram (also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or Satyagraha Ashram) is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, adjoining the Ashram Road, on the banks of the River Sabarmati, four miles from the town hall. This was one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, generally called Mahatma Gandhi, who lived there for about twelve years along with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi.
With prior appointment from The Secretary, Gandhi Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, the Gandhi Smarak Sangralaya, Gandhi Ashram Ahmedabad 380 027 a walking tour can be organised. This 90-minute guided tour starts with a slide show and ends at the Library. The tour visits the following places, in order:
- Magan Niwas – Magan Gandhi – The soul of the ashram which exhibits different designs of charkhas.
- Upasana Mandir – Prayer Ground where the ashramite listened to bhajans (devotional songs) and readings from the Holy Gita, Quran and Bible.
- Hriday Kunj – Like the heart in the body this centrally located dwelling supplied energy to the entire place.
- Vinoba-Mira Kutir – The hut where Vinoba Bhave and Madeleine (renamed Miraben by Gandhi) the daughter of the British Rear-Admiral Sir Edmond Slade stayed at different times.
- Nandini – This was the guest house of the ashram.
- Udyog Mandir – A temple of industry symbolizing self-reliance and dignity of labour.
- Somnath Chattralaya – A cluster of rooms occupied by ashramities who forsook family affairs and shared ashram life.
- Teacher’s Niwas – Bapu’s associates stayed at teacher’s chalet
- Gandhi in Ahmedabad – This gallery exhibits major events of Gandhiji’s life from 1915 to 1930 in Ahmedabad.
- Painting Gallery – Eight life size paintings have been displayed.
- My life is my message – Events which were turning points in Gandhiji’s life and which ultimately changed the history of India are depicted through oil paintings and photographs.
- Library & Archives – Archives preserve the legacy of eternal Gandhi in 34,000 manuscripts, 150 felicitations, 6,000 photo negatives, and 200 files of photostats. The Library has 35,000 books including 4,500 books from Mahadevbhai Desai’s personal collection and books on Gandhian thought. It is an invaluable resource for researchers. There are also many other rare books of all religions. The library’s opening hours are from 11am to 6pm. Books cannot be borrowed but can be read in the library.