One of the most important National memorials, Rajghat was the the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The laste rites of Gandhiji were performed here on January 31, 1948. Since then, Rajghat has become a pilgrimage for all people and state heads. The samadhi/shrine is Black Marble square shaped stone platform. Mahatma Gandhi's last words “Hey Ram”nareinscribed on the divine samadhi. An eternal flame keeps burning in a copper urn.
Important Samdhis of Indian National leaders Near Raj Ghat
There are several trees planted near the samadhi, which are labeled with the names of visiting dignitaries. British Queen Elizabeth II, Ho Chi Minh, Colonel Nasser, Marshal Tito, Yaser Arafat, Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitman, Paul Keating, US presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Regan etc
The Gandhi Memorial Museum is near by Raj Ghat has many possessions of Gandhi and photographs from his life.
Entry to Rajghat & Samadhi Area
Every friday, A commemorative ceremony takes place at Rajghat.The entry to the samadhi is free, every year on 2nd of October & 30th January, Prayers and cultural programmes,
Visit Shanti Van to see the National Shrine set around lush green lawns and trees. Shanti Van Shanti Van is the Samadhi of Pandit Jawar Lal Nehru, the great National Leader and the first Prime Minister of independent India.is known as Jawahar Lal Nehru memorial. It is located on the bank of River Yamuna, north of Rajghat.
The last rites of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru (popularly known as Chacha Nehru by children) were performed here on 27th May 1964. A tombstone has been erected at his funeral place at the Shanti Van.Next to the memorial of Pandit Nehru, lies the tomb of his grandson Sanjay Gandhi, who died in a plane crash in 1980.
A prayer and cultural programme is organized every year on Pandit Nehru birthday (November 14- Childrens' Day) and death anniversary (May 27). Children perform various activities and dances on the occasion of Childens' Day every year.