Gandhi Jayanti 2023: Interesting facts you should know about the Father of the Nation

Gandhi Jayanti

On October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, now a part of Gujarat, the man who would become recognized as the Father of the Nation was born. His 154th birthday was celebrated this year. Every year, Gandhi Jayanti is marked throughout India to honor his birthday. And his contributions to the cause for Indian independence as well as his life’s philosophy. 

Parents and siblings

By birth, Kaba Gandhi’s father, Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi, belonged to the Modh Baniya caste and was a Hindu. Due to, the early deaths of his first two wives and the infertility of his third marriage and Kaba Gandhi married four times. His fourth wife, Putlibai Gandhi, gave birth to three sons and one daughter for him. The family’s youngest son was Mohandas Gandhi.

National Holiday

On 2 October, there is a national holiday. and also called “Gandhi Jayanti”. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, often known as Mahatma Gandhi, Bapu, or the Father of the Nation. He devoted his life to the cause of truth and nonviolence in India’s struggle for independence.  

Here are some facts about Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi receives honor from Time Magazine: In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi received the honor of being named Man of the Year by Time Magazine, making him the first and only Indian to hold this distinction.

Irish accent: Gandhi’s early English teacher was an Irishman, hence he talked with an Irish accent.

Nobel Peace Prize: Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times. But he never won the prize.

Moniker Mahatma: Gandhi was given the moniker “Mahatma” by the legendary Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Birthday: Lal Bahadur Shastri, who was born in 1904, and Mahatma Gandhi both had the same birthday.

Gandhi-related roads: There are 53 roads inside India and 48 roads outside the nation that bear Gandhi’s name.

Henry Ford’s respect: Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford was a fervent admirer and adherent of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Death of Mahatma Gandhi

The majority of Indians adored and respected Gandhi, yet other people disagreed with his philosophy. Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, on the lawn of the erstwhile Birla house in Delhi. While a prayer meeting was being held, as a result of this opposition. Over two million people showed up for his funeral.

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