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Memorials in Delhi

Delhi, the capital of India is home to memorials and cenotaphs of freedom fighters and the Indian national leaders. People from far and wide visit the Memorials in Delhi and pay homage to them. Delhi is home to the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. The Memorials in Delhi have now become tourist places of interest.

Raj Ghat:

Raj Ghat is a home to the memorial of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 31 January, 1948. Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi is a simple black marble platform is the spot where Gandhiji was cremated after his assassination. An eternal flame is seen burning constantly at one end of the memorial. A stoned pathway flanked by manicured lawns leads to Gandhiji's memorial. His last words "Hey Ram" are engraved on the memorial.

Visitors are expected to remove their footwear as a sign of reverence.
Every Friday prayers are held commemorating the thought and philosophy of the father of the nation. There are two museums nearby. The museums have preserved the writings, speeches of Gandhiji and the spinning wheels which Gandhiji used.

Shanti Van:

Shanti Van, north of Raj ghat and Shakti Sthal is the memorial of India's first Prime Minister and the man who played a pioneering role in the Indian freedom struggle, Jawahar Lal Nehru. Shanti Van literally means the "forest of peace". Jawahar Lal Nehru was cremated here on 27th May, 1964. The area is adorned in lush greenery. His paramount objective was to rid the society of the ills of poverty. He worked towards making India a flourishing and advanced country. He is fondly remembered as Chacha Nehru by children on his birthday, 14th of November. Prayers are offered on his birthday and death anniversary.

His Grandson Sanjay Gandhi's tomb lies close to Jawahar Lal Nehru's memorial.

Shakti Sthal:

Shakti Sthal, north of Vir Bhumi is the memorial of India's first and only woman prime-minister Indira Gandhi. She was the daughter of India's first prime-minister Jawaharlal Nehru. If she stifled democracy in independent India for the first time, she also realized many dreams. This towering personality played a defining role in Indian politics till her assassination in 1984. She had remarked in 1984 "If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and action of the assassins, not in my dying."

Her last rites were performed at the 'Shakti Sthal', meaning the place of strength and power to symbolize the determination and guts of Indira. The memorial to Indira Gandhi is a grey-red monolithic stone. Rajiv Gandhi said "Everyone grieves when his mother dies. But I gained courage for there grew a feeling in the country that every citizen had lost his mother…For some days, people thought that India was shaking. But there are always tremors when a great tree falls." The lush greenery around the memorial provides a peaceful ambience. Prayers are organized on her birthday and death anniversary to commemorate her services to the nation.

Vir Bhumi:

Vir Bhumi, near Raj ghat is the memorial of India's sixth and youngest prime-minister Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi inherited the legacy of his mother and he took the country to newer heights. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at Sriperumbudur, near Chennai by a Tamil woman, belonging to the L.T.T.E. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously in the year 1991. Prayers are offered on his birthday and death anniversary to commemorate the great deeds of this great leader.

Vijay Ghat:

Vijay Ghat is a memorial to India's second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. He was cremated here in 1966. He was a great freedom fighter and braved turbulent times in British prisons. Popular for coining the slogans 'Jai Jawan' and 'Jai Kisan', he played a major role in the administration of the country after independence. He led the country on the path of progress. He played a deciding role in the Indo-Pak war, the country emerged victorious. He died of a heart attack in 1966. He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna. Political leaders and heads of state pay homage to this great leader every year on his birthday and death anniversary.

The Memorials in Delhi are major places of interest. You can pay homage and revere the great souls at their memorials. offers complete information on Memorials in Delhi and other Tourist Attractions in Delhi.