The story behind the ashram
When Mahatma Gandhi left Sabarmati Ashram for Dandi March in 1930, he vowed not to return before India gets independent. Independence was not attained and Gandhi was jailed for more than two years.
After getting out of the jail he travelled through out the country and decided to live in the centre of the country. It would help him to easily reach different parts of the country. He came to Wardha in 1931 on the invitation of Jamnalalji Bajaj and established his residence in Shegaon in 1936.
He renamed the village to 'Sevagram' which means "Village of Service".
Sevagram is a small village 8 kms from Wardha and 75 kms from Nagpur.
The cottages in the Ashram are named according to the person who lived there. There are five cottages named Adi Niwas, Bapu kuti (Bapu Cottage), The last residence, Parchure Shastri's Cottage, Bapu's office, Common kitchen and dining room.
The campus also has three shops which sell products like clothes, Groceries and books-based on Mahatma Gandhi's life.
Adi Niwas was Gandhi ji's first residential hut founded on 30th april 1936. The cootage was build by the instructions of Mahatma Gandhi. He wanted it to be made within the budget of Rs.500 and with the help of lacal craftsment ana laborers. The first meeting of "Quit India" took place in this cottage in 1942.
Bapu Kuti is attached with a small bathroom which was not there in Adi Niwas. Gandhi Ji had a wooden table specially made to use for writing while he used to fresh up. It was used to write or correct letters, read newspaper and magazines to save time.
Bapu Kuti had a room attached with it called as Gandhi hospital which was used by Gandhi Ji to treat visitors.
Gandhi ji was deeply influenced by the the thoughts of John Ruskin and G.C. Larimer. He hanged two board with the quotes from their books.
The letters of Mahatma Gandhi used to misplaced because of the remote location of the village. So, British authorities gave him a telephone which was used to talk with them.
7. Nayi Taleem School
The education of Nayee-Talim is not to teach an occupation, but through it to develop the whole man - Mahatma Gandhi
"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away." - One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought