Kadama 52: A morning with Mahatma Gandhi
Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
71Trip End Dec 01, 2012
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I toured through the museum looking at photos snapped throughout his lifetime, inspirational quotes, documents, and clay figures depicting moments in history. The Mani Bhavan is a where he lived and conversed with his colleagues and cherished ideals of Truth and Non-violence.
While being in his house, I felt a great sense of happiness and pride flow throughout my body that caused a smile to show on my face. The energy of the entire house was very positive and motivational. It was as if he was there with us, taking me on a personal tour through history.
Following Mani Bhavan, we stopped at the Bangaga Water Tank in Malabar Hill. A little history about the tank is provided below:
"The Tank was built in the 1127 AD, by Lakshman
Prabhu, a minister in the court of Silhara dynasty kings in Thane.The
tank was rebuilt in 1715 AD, out of a donation for the Walkeshwar temple
by Rama Kamath. The main temple has been reconstructed since then and
is at present a reinforced concrete structure of recent construction.According
to local legend, it sprang forth when the Hindu god Ram, the exiled
hero of the epic Ramayana, stopped at the spot five thousand years ago
in search of his kidnapped wife Sita.
with fatigue and thirst, Rama asked his brother Laxman to bring him some
water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed
forth from the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges, which flows
over a thousand miles away, hence its name, Banganga, the 'Ganga'
created out on a 'Baan' (Arrow)."
Walking back up the hill from the water tank, I noticed a truck driving through the narrow streets shooting out white smoke. I was worried because my first thought was tear gas - do not ask me why, it was simply my first instinct. Diia said that it was mosquito repellent, AKA pesticides and she shoved us into a small hallway. Covering my face and nose, I was able to snap a photo before it became unbearable.
Around noon, Gabe, Shannon and Nina left for Kerala which resulted in Diia, Savannah, Emmy and I having a few extra hours to explore. We drove past the Victoria Terminus (also featured in Slumdog Millionaire) and stopped for a quick photo.