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Gandhi Memorial Museum

A must visit place in Madurai, Gandhi Memorial museum is housed in the splendid old palace of Rani Mangammal. The museum is a window to the glorious episodes of freedom struggles, glimpses from the Gandhian movement and a rich collection of relics.

Madurai has an inexorable link with Gandhi. It was here that Meenakshi temple was opened to the entry of Harijans, marking a historic chapter in the fight against untouchability. The palace which now houses the museum was built during the Naick reign in 1670 AD. A replica of a hut in Sevagram sits in front of the main building of the museum.

Browse through a vast collection of books in the library of the museum and the old letters written by Gandhi and reels of microfilms can also be found here. An open air theater at the south side of the main building acts as a venue for various cultural programmes. Plan your trip to take part in the various festivals being hosted here. A five day long programme is held annually as part of Gandhi jayanti. At the museum, there is a section devoted to specific facets of Gandhi's life.

The freedom movement can be traced through beautiful illustrations in panels at the section named ` India Fights for freedom`. The durbar hall of the palace was converted into this section. The visual biography section features rare photos that trace the life of Gandhi from childhood. Manuscripts, paintings and sculptures related to Gandhi are also on display here. The third section displays around 100 artifacts which were used by Mahatma Gandhi. A letter written by Gandhi to Hitler, a blood stained cloth worn by Gandhi on the day he was assassinated are included among these artifacts.

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