Mahatma Gandhi Museum in MangaloreFrom important roads to elite areas, Mahatma Gandhi’s impact on the city of Mangaluru is unmistakable. Gandhiji visited the city thrice, as it was then the gateway to Kerala and Karnataka. Before his visit, there wasn’t an active freedom movement in the city. Post his visit, after having spoken on social stigmas like untouchables and consumption of alcohol, there was a sudden buzz about the British rule and how to overthrow it.
The Mahatma Gandhi museum played a crucial role in galvanizing the freedom struggle in the city. On his visits, Mahatma Gandhi enjoyed enlightening people and participating in various school functions. Once in 1927, Ganghiji inaugurated a portrait of Lokmanya Tilak, a celebrated freedom fighter, in the Canara Public School, Dongerkery. His next visit to the school was in 1934. This visit was accompanied by Gandhiji laying the foundation of the Krishna Mandir.
The school authorities sought his permission (in 1939) to name the museum, which came into existence in 1935, after his name (although Gandhiji was confused as to what purpose it would serve – a humble man indeed!). Presently the museum stands in the school premises and is indeed an honor to the eminent leader of all times, Mahatma Gandhi.
Things to see at Mahatma Gandhi MuseumThe museum has been the attraction of all the tourists visiting Mangalore. It is basically an educational museum with some rarest of the rare collections. The museum has been a source of enlightenment for students from like more than seven decades. A visit to the museum will definitely enlighten you about the simple lifestyle followed by Mahatma.
The collection of the artifacts includes a wide range of skeletons and skulls. The collection of paintings is also very rich. The paintings are so intricately made that they speak for themselves. They take you back to the era of colonialism. The black and white paintings especially draw your attention to the life of people before 1947. They are so minutely detailed that you can read the year on the hoardings as well. Amazing work!
The museum also hosts some of the very popular traditional art and crafts of Karnataka. Handicrafts including wood carving and stone carving will delight you. The art of sandalwood carving is also displayed exclusively in the museum. The aura of sandalwood and rosewood will captivate you. Honestly! The sandalwood incense sticks are yet another attraction in the museum.
There is a section of African exhibits in the museum which is also a key attraction. Sources say that the entire collection was built by M Madhava Rao. The museum hosts some non – Indian specimens which are not to be found in any other museum in Karnataka.
The museum is a home to antlers of different sorts of deer, skeleton of whales, ostrich eggs and a wide collection of corals, shell etc. You can also find an elephant foot and fetus of animals preserved in some chemicals.
A range of instruments like an old radio, a typewriter, old utensils and antique gadgets are also a part of this museum.
How to reach Mahatma Gandhi MuseumBy Air: Mangalore Airport is located in close proximity to the museum thus making it very convenient to visit.
By Train: The museum is located very close to the Central Railway Station. One can easily take an auto and reach the museum.
By Road: One can easily avail a bus or a taxi and reach the museum very conveniently.