25 Interesting Facts About Mahatma Gandhi
These facts about Mahatma Gandhi tell us some interesting anecdotes related to his life and times. It will also shed light on some previously unknown aspects of him.
Mahatma Gandhi facts
1. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s grandfather, Uttamchand, also known as “Ota Bapa,” served as the prime minister to the Rana of Porbandar (Gujarat, India).
2. M. K. Gandhi was the fourth and last child of his father’s fourth and last marriage.
3. Gandhiji had two brothers and one sister. Laxmidas Gandhi and Karsandas Gandhi were the brothers, and Raliatben was the sister.
4. The Jain monk Becharji Swami helped Gandhi go to England. He administered an oath to Mohandas, who then solemnly took three vows: not to touch wine, women, or meat. Therewith, Putlibai, Gandhi’s mother, gave her consent for his foreign travel.
5. Gandhiji read the Bhagavad Gita for the first time when he was a second-year law student in London. It was Sir Edwin Arnold’s translation of the Gita that he read.
6. MK Gandhi had studied law in one city, London, and practiced it in four other cities: Rajkot, Bombay, Durban, and Johannesburg.
7. Young India, an English-language weekly, and Navajivan, a Gujarati weekly, were founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1919. Neither accepted any form of advertisement.
8. The Gita was Gandhi’s “spiritual reference book,” his daily guide.
9. Hind Swaraj (Indian Home Rule) was the first book that Gandhi published in 1910. It’s a summation of Gandhi’s political views and a statement of his political ambition.
10. Though Gandhi was married, But, in 1906, at the age of 37, he took the vow of celibacy and remained faithful to it until his death in 1948.
11. Gandhiji regarded Prahalad, the son of the demon king Hiranya Kashipu, as the first Satyagrahi.
12. It was a woman by the name of Gangabehn Majumdar who gave Mahatma Gandhi his first charkha (spinning wheel).
13. Putlibai, Gandhi’s mother, followed a Hindu sect, the Pranamis. And Pranamis abstained from alcohol and practiced vegetarianism and moderation in all things.
14. Jain thinker Raychandbhai, Leo Tolstoy, and John Ruskin—these three people left important influences on Gandhi’s life.
15. Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God Is Within You and John Ruskin’s Unto This Last—these two books were close to Mahatma Gandhi’s heart.
16. During the Salt Satyagraha, the beach salt that was picked by Mahatma Gandhi was sold to the highest bidder, Dr Kanuga, for 1600 rupees.
17. Altogether, Mahatma Gandhi spent 2,089 days in Indian prisons and 249 in South African prisons.
18. The first book that Gandhiji had written was his “Guide to London.” And it was drafted in Pretoria during his first year in South Africa.
19. It was Gandhi’s cousin, Maganlal, who suggested the term “sadagraha,” which in Sanskrit meant “firmness in a good cause.” Gandhi amended that to satyagraha, or “truth force.”
20. The book that made Gandhi famous outside India for the first time and turned him into a New Age icon was Mahatma Gandhi: The Man Who Became One with the Universal Being. Its author was the French writer Romain Holland.
21. The Fourth Seal, Samuel Hoare’s book on the Russian plot to assassinate Grand Duke Sergei, proved an invaluable guide to the men who plotted Mahatma’s death in 1948.
22. It was Abha, the wife of Kanu Gandhi, the grandson of the Mahatma’s cousin, who brought Gandhi’s last meal before he was shot to death. It consisted of goat’s milk, cooked and raw vegetables, oranges, and a concoction of ginger, sour lemons, strained butter, and the juice of aloe.
23. Mohandas K. Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi had four sons. Harilal, Manilal, Ramdas, and Devdas Gandhi.
24. Gandhi regarded Dadabhai Nauroji and Gopal Krishna Gokhale as political mentors.
25. Devdas Gandhi, the youngest son of Gandhiji, was the son-in-law of the last governor-general of India, C Rajagopalachari.
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