Mahatma Mandir is a convention centre and a memorial located at sector 13, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. It is inspired from life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. It is one of the biggest convention centre of India spread over 34 acres (14 ha; 0.053 sq mi).
It was developed by Government of Gujarat. Business summits like Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 were organised here.
Government of Gujarat wanted to develop Mahatma Mandir as a place of unity and development. Sand was brought in urns by representatives of all 18,066 villages of Gujarat and emptied it in the foundation of the Mahatma Mandir. A time capsule was buried under Mahatma Mandir containing history of state in 2010 at the ground breaking ceremony.
It was built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Shapoorji Pallonji And Company Limited in two phases. Its planning and design is environment friendly.
Phase 1 of Mahatma Mandir was constructed in nine months starting from May 2010 to January 2011 at cost of Rs 135 crore. It includes a convention centre, three big exhibition halls and small halls having conferencing facility.
Phase 2 includes construction of salt mound memorial, a garden, a suspension bridge, wind mills and development of parking space at cost of Rs 80 crore.
A convention centre has column free air conditioned halls with capacity to accommodate over 15,000 people at a time. Its theatre style main hall have capacity of 6000 people. Exhibition halls are built over 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) area. It has four seminar halls (three having seating capacity of 500 and one with capacity of 1000), seven high tech conference halls and a meeting room.
A memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi was constructed by Shapoorji Pallonji And Company Limited. A suspension bridge is built in memory of the Dandi March. A concrete dome structure is constructed representing salt mound houses a museum, library and research center. A sculpture garden with stone murals depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi is also developed. A grand spinning wheel, Charkha, is installed also.
The 162-metre-wide (531 ft) and 3-kilometre-long (1.9 mi) road connecting Mahatma Mandir and Gujarat Legislative Assembly building was constructed. It has three lanes on both side with gardens between them. It is a broadest avenue in Gujarat.
356 families of slum dwellers were displaced by project resulted in controversy which later got new facility.
Some Gandhians were protested against its construction by arguing that it did not befit philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.
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Kaba Gandhi No Delo (literally "Kaba Gandhi's house"), Rajkot was Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi's primary family home in India until 1915, including during those years when he stayed in London and in South Africa. Later on, on return from South Africa in 1915, he established Kocharab Ashram in Ahmedabad. Kaba Gandhi No Delo has now been converted into a museum called Gandhi Smriti.
Mahatma Gandhi's father, in the name of Karamchand Gandhi was also known as Kaba Gandhi. The name of the house has been derived from Gandhiji's father's name. In Gujarati, the words Kaba Gandhi No Delo literally means 'Kaba Gandhi's residence'.
Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Gujarat has been built following the old and traditional styles of building houses and monuments.
Kaba Gandhi No Delo, is now a permanent exhibition. The exhibition displays and houses the Gandhi Smriti (not to be confused with Gandhi Smriti in Delhi). Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Rajkot is situated on Ghee Kanta Road at Rajkot. Rajkot was the formerly and initially the capital of the princely state of Saurastra, which is in Gujarat.
It has now been converted into a memorial called "Gandhi Smriti". The museum displays and consists of photographs, objects and the belongings of the great Indian leader and Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. A Non-Government Organization runs classes in sewing and embroidery for young girls within the premises.The place is open for general public Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm and again in the afternoon from 3pm to 5pm.
- State transport (ST) buses are easily available from other cities of Gujarat. The ST bus stand is 2 km, west of Bedi Gate on the other side of Ranmal Lake. Auto rickshaws are easily available to get around the city. Private buses are also available for Ahmedabad, Baroda, Mumbai, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Una, Mount Abu and Udaipur.
- Rajkot is well connected with important cities in Gujarat and India by rail. Trains for Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Amritsar, Patna and Bhopal are available from Rajkot. The railway station known commonly as the Rajkot Junction is around 6 km away from the Teen Batti triple gateway.
- Rajkot has a functional domestic airport. Indian Airlines has four flights a week to Mumbai while Jet and Sahara have daily flights.
Coordinates: 22°17′49″N70°48′18″E / 22.297066667°N 70.804997222°E / 22.297066667; 70.804997222