Mani Bhavan in Bandra, Mumbai was Mahatma Gandhi's place of residence for about 17 years, from 1917 to 1934. The mansion belonged to his dear friend and host in Mumbai, Revashankar Jagjeevan Jhaveri. The house also pronounced the start of various movements such as Non-Cooperation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat. Gandhi's association with the charkha or the spinning wheel began in 1917, while he was residing in Mani Bhawan. He also went on a four-day hunger strike in 1921 to restore peace in Mumbai, during his stay here.
A stairway to heaven for the history buffs
When you enter the museum, there is a library with a statue of Mahatma and a staircase, lined with his pictures. These stairs lead the visitors to the first floor, displaying photographs from his childhood to his assassination, along with press clippings. On the second floor is the room which served as Gandhi's space during his stay here. It has two of his spinning wheels, a book, and his bed on the floor, which can be viewed through a glass partition. Right opposite this room is a hall replete with photographs and paintings of his life.
With the support of small statues, the museum represents Gandhi's entire life through a library, picture gallery and memorabilia. The museum encapsulates the Research Institute of Gandhian Thought and Rural Development for post graduate students. This indeed is one of the biggest research libraries with 20,000 books, periodicals and recordings on Mahatma Gandhi and the associated subjects.
Mani Bhavan will take you back in history!
Set amidst the scenic charms of Mumbai, Mani Bhavan is a destination that caters to the hordes of history buffs. Be it their love for olden days or the thrill of roaming through annals of history, the museum serves a list of purposes. Due to COVID-19, this centre is closed for visitors since 2020, creating an excitement among the history lovers to visit again.